November 29, 2007
Brenda Locsin, Chair
3/F Ersan Bldg. #32 Quezon Ave.
Dear Ms. Locsin:
PETA Asia-Pacific is an affiliate of the world’s largest animal rights organization, which has more than 1.8 million members and supporters. On behalf of our supporters, I urge you to reconsider your support of the Wonderful World of Dolphins show.
There is certainly no “wonderful world” for dolphins who are forced to perform for crowds. Although most traveling dolphin shows often claim that their “performers” have been rescued, most of these highly intelligent, sensitive, and social animals are forcibly abducted from their homes. As part of this notoriously cruel process, dolphins are surrounded, netted, and dragged onto boats. The dolphins who are discarded often die from drowning, shock, lung aspiration, or pneumonia.
In the wild, pods of dolphins can swim up to100 miles a day together. When captured, they are torn from their families and thrown into aquariums, where they can swim in endless circles in tanks. Forced to learn tricks, the dolphins who refuse to perform are often isolated or have their food withheld. Dolphins are highly social animals, and many go insane when their attempts to communicate with other dolphins by bouncing sonar waves create “boomerang” reverberations — the sounds literally bounce back at them. Chlorinated tanks can cause dolphins to go blind and suffer skin disorders. Living a mere 10 years when confined to aquariums — compared to 60 years out in the open seas — many captive dolphins succumb to pneumonia, ulcers, and other stress-related illnesses.
Marine mammal exhibits such as the one scheduled to appear at Metrowalk have already been banned in many places around the world, including Brazil and England. We hope that after reviewing this information, you will reconsider your support of the Wonderful World of Dolphins show. We hope that you’ll instead participate in fundraising efforts, conservation, or educational alternatives such as videos of dolphins and other mammals in their natural habitats.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 0920-497-4679 or via e-mail at RochelleR@PETAAsiaPacific.com. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to sharing your response with our members.
* The same letter was sent to Ricardo J. Lim, General Manager, Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Avenue, Brgy. Ugong, Ortigas, Pasig City