Target: Environment Minister of India Jayanthi Natarajan
Goal: Support India’s decision to ban the creation of dolphin aquariums, or dolphinaria
India’s Ministry of Environment and Forest has recently announced that the establishment of dolphinaria is now banned throughout the country, and that all proposals for their creation must be rejected. Dolphinaria are aquariums for dolphins, and are popular attractions at zoos, aquariums, and theme parks. Wild dolphins are captured and forced to live in small tanks or pools, where they lead lives full of suffering.
India had been leaning towards banning dolphinaria for years, ever since all three dolphins imprisoned in a brand new dolphinarium near Chennai died within the first few months of their captivity. This event led the then the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment to declare that no more dolphin imports would be allowed. Now, India has banned the creation of all dolphinaria in the country, a decision that came after vigorous lobbying from scientists, advocates, and animal rights groups.
The announcement declared that due to their intelligence levels, dolphins should be seen as “non-human persons,” and that it “is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purposes.” This is a major step for animal rights, and many groups have been trying to change the way the world views dolphins. Even though dolphinaria are known to be inhumane, they are still popular a variety of countries, including Japan and many North American and European countries. By banning dolphinaria, India has taken an important step that will hopefully influence the policies of other countries. Commend India for leading the way in animal rights and ending a cruel and inhumane practice.
Dear Minister Natarajan,
India’s recent decision to ban dolphinaria is a highly commendable one. The capture and imprisonment of wild dolphins is a practice that is still much too popular today, and India’s decision is a landmark in animal rights. Many animal rights activists and scientists have been struggling to change the way dolphins are viewed: they claim that based on their intelligence, dolphins should be treated with the same respect people are treated with.
As one of the most populated countries in the world, India’s actions have great global significance. This recent decision will affect the dolphin trade, and will affect the way other countries treat dolphins. India has taken a positive step that other countries must soon follow, or risk being seen as the proponents of cruel and inhumane practices.
The dolphin trade is one of the most notorious in the world, and India is working to end it. This decision will have a global impact, and will surely lead to an improvement of life for dolphins worldwide. By banning dolphinaria, India put an end to a cruel practice and also set a positive global precedent.
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