Thursday, December 06, 2007

PAWS & the Earth Island Institute Protesting Dolphin Show at Metrowalk

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society and the Earth Island Institute (EII) will conduct a peaceful demonstration against an Indonesian-based dolphin show this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. This is not the first time they are going against this particular show. Here's more information:

"Dear animal advocates and friends,After our Christmas Get-Together on Saturday (3pm -PARC), PAWS is set to hold a peaceful picket on December 9, Sunday at Metrowalk in Ortigas and distribute flyers in front of the Dolphin Show entrance there.Please join us:

WHAT: Information- dissemination campaign-
WHY: People Shouldn't Watch Dolphin Shows
ACTIVITY: Flyering
WHEN: December 9 (Sunday) - 10 am to 11am ( New Time : 12:30pm - 2pm )
WHERE: in front of the "Wonderful World of Dolphins with Sea Lions" Metro walk Complex, Meralco Avenue Pasig City, Metrowalk, Ortigas

The organizers of this show are the same organizers of last year's show at SM Mall of Asia - Movers and Shakers- which we protested against.Both SM MOA and Movers & Shakers promised not to hold the show again since their "eyes were just opened" to the cruelty endured by these dolphins in such a show.

SM kept its promise, MOVERS & SHAKERS DID NOT.

Armchair activists may choose to make a polite phone call to the numbers indicated below to tell them (politely again) about how you feel about wild animals being used for entertainment; or fax a message to Movers & Shakers President, Eva Nono, requesting cancellation of the show in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility. 384-5432, 384-5327, 0916-9845255. Together, we can all make difference for dolphins.The less people watch these cruel dolphin shows, the more dolphins will be free in the wild.-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)"If you care about dolphins, don't watch dolphin shows."Join the picket. Help make this world a better place.

Further Reading...

Earth Island Institute-Philippines:

BANNED ENTERTAINMENT FINDS ITS WAY IN THE PHILIPPINES: While many countries are doing away with inhumane entertainment such as traveling dolphin shows, it is ironic that in the Philippines, these are treated with novelty. Packaged as “family entertainment”, performing dolphins in traveling shows are given cute names and made to perform seemingly witty tricks. What the audience does not know is that these animals are starved to obey their trainers, repeatedly subjected to the stress of transport and made to swim in chlorinated water that will blind the animals over time. Differentiated from the bigger and more expensive ocean parks, traveling dolphin shows are smaller and are actually temporary facilities where marine mammals, usually dolphins and sea lions, perform for a period of time after which they are moved to their next show location. The repeated transport of dolphins and other aquatic animals are particularly stressful as these animals have to be immobilized for the entire duration of the travel. If transporting terrestrial animals in circuses like lions, tigers and elephants is hard, it is even harder for aquatic animals as they have to be taken out of the water and completely immobilized. In the wild, dolphins never stop moving. They are always swimming, and any restriction on this movement is very stressful for the animal. Most dolphins that are subject to repeated transport develop bruises along their pectoral fins when they are carried and immobilized in hammocks. Dolphin experts such as Richard O’Barry (the former trainer of ‘Flipper’, the hit TV series of the 60s) confirm that dolphins actually die in the process of being transported. The inferior facilities of traveling shows—shallow pools, inappropriate water treatment methods and the stress of the repeated transport of the animals have actually moved countries like the United States to ban this type of show. Many other countries in Europe like the United Kingdom have also banned such shows. Latin American countries such as Brazil and Nicaragua have stopped the commercial showing of dolphins and Australia and New Zealand have also prohibited such entertainment in their territories.

NO GOVERNMENT STANDARDS: In the Philippines, there are no specific standards for the welfare of performing animals such as marine mammals. The Bureau of Animal Industry, (BAI), the government agency tasked to implement the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485), does not have the experience, technical expertise and standards to evaluate dolphin shows. Worse, lobbying by environmental and animal welfare groups to adopt standards are all but ignored by BAI officials. Earth Island Institute-Philippines, an environmental organization working for the protection of dolphins in the Philippines has been lobbying at the BAI for years. They believe that government officials do not even know the issues behind traveling dolphin shows and do not know that these are already banned in many countries.

QUESTIONABLE EDUCATIONAL VALUE: Many groups actually question the educational value of dolphin shows. A growing number of educators and marine mammal experts believe that dolphin shows actually promote the “miseducation” of people on the actual lives of marine mammals such as dolphins and sea lions. In the wild, dolphins rarely approach humans, spend 80% of their time underwater diving at depths, and never associate with sea lions which are their natural enemies. The show being put on by the “Wonderful World of Dolphins” actually negates this natural behavior and life of these marine mammals.

AN APPEAL TO END CRUELTY: Both EII-Phils and PAWS urge the general public to look beyond the ‘cute’ image used as fronts by dolphin shows and see the cruelty that these animals have to endure for human amusement. They urge the general public to stop animal cruelty by refraining from patronizing such shows. These groups hope that one day the Philippines will join the ranks of the countries that have abandoned cruelty in their entertainment industry."

The Prison Pool...Dolphins live naturally in the Oceans w/o Chlorine

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