Sea Mammals Weep While They Seem to Smile

Dong Luo

Dozens of protesters crashed through the gates of an Ontario theme park on Oct 7th railing against its treatment of marine life and managed to shut down a dolphin show at Marineland in Niagara Falls. Dylan Powell of the group Marineland Animal DefenSe, which organized the protest, says that the group is dedicated to ending animal captivity and is determined to shut down Marineland for good (Marineland closed for the season that weekend).

Marineland said that its primary concern is to provide a safe and healthy environment for the animals in its care. In fact,a scandal of poor water quality and death of marine animals was unveiled this August. Some marine mammals in Marineland become sick, suffer fur loss, skin damage and even blindness because of recurring water problems and staffing shortages. A baby beluga died last May, after being attacked by male belugas, without trainers on hand to stop it.

Sea mammals are killed for meat and captured for entertainment in a cruel way around the world. Because of the lack of awareness and regulation in this field, they have suffered a lot. But what we can see on their faces are mild and friendly “smiles” which make us think they are happy. The famous documentary “The Cove,” directed by Louie Psihoyos, is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. This documentary lays out the the grave situation of sea mammals.

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for your actions highlighting the plight of animals used for entertainment (and supposed education). I am trying to get people focused on Lolita – the orca – in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. We need to shut that place down and return Lolita to her family off the coast of Washington State.

  2. Thank you for telling us about this protest, Dong Luo. I hope the group succeeds in shutting down Marineland forever.

    To commenter Suzanne: Last year I saw Lolita: Slave to Entertainment here: It’s an eye-opening, well-presented documentary (as are others by Rattle the Cage Productions) and well worth watching. I pray your perseverance in attempting to free lovely orca Lolita pays off.

  3. I went to this place as a kid in 1990 or so. It was more like a giant roadside zoo than a legit facility. It looks as if things haven’t changed.

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