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Those poor dolphins in Metrowalk

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 3:34 PM

There's no business like the dolphin show-business.

Following the example and suggestion of fellow bloggers on animal welfare related issues, Liza and Ted, and after seeing video clips about how dolphins are treated in some parts of the world (Japan particularly), I've now included dolphins in this blog's campaigns. After all, if you think about it, dolphins in dolphin shows are very much like the shelter animals in that they're all homeless--- well, unless you consider pools filled with chlorinated water home...

Dolphins are some of the most intelligent inhabitants of this planet and it takes only a small amount of empathy to realize what they must go through when they are subjected to cruelty of any magnitude.

How are the mass murder of dolphins in Japan and the thriving dolphin show-business here in the Philippines related? I honestly am not 100% clear on that yet but I'm told that young dolphins are usually separated from their mothers during those drives and are sold to companies such as those that bring dolphin shows to countries such as the Philippines. It makes sense because the young ones should be easier to train. The mother dolphins, on the other hand, get hacked to death the way they are in those Youtube videos (see the bottom of this post).

If you pay P300 to watch the dolphin show, please remember: The dolphins paid with their lives.

The educational value of dolphin shows is very questionable.

Do these dolphin shows teach the audience that dolphins have very complex behavior and emotional capacity? Do they teach about how chlorinated water in small, round swimming pools (prison?) affect the health of dolphins? Do they teach about how dolphins in captivity have significantly shorter lives than those in the wild?

Fact is, you can not teach people about dolphins by making them jump through hoops and do somersaults in the air. An hour of watching National Geographic and Discovery will teach you more about these creatures than any trick those circus masters make the dolphins do ever will.

The bottom line for these circus shows is to make money. The educational aspect is merely propaganda. I hope Filipinos start being smart about this and follow the example of other countries like the USA, UK, Brazil, Nicaragua, New Zealand and Australia in banning this type of entertainment.

Please join the protest by blogging about it!

Don't support the dolphin show in Metrowalk, Pasig, entitled "The Wonderful World of Dolphins and Sea Lions"!

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  1. 3 comments: Responses to “ Those poor dolphins in Metrowalk ”

  2. By Chessbuff on Dec 15, 2007, 12:55:00 AM

    Hi! I saw your blog entry listed on the second page of hits in Google ( using " dolphin show metrowalk " as search parameters ). Your entry is also listed under the hit " Those poor dolphins..." on the same page. Good stuff!

  3. By siyerwin on Dec 15, 2007, 11:46:00 AM

    hehe. the post got crawled that fast? google is working overtime! i see liza's and your entries on the matter are on page 1. in fact, posts about the protest are ranking higher in search results compared to posts that indicate favorable attitude toward dolphin shows! Good stuff indeed!

  4. By babybranny on Dec 17, 2007, 5:01:00 PM

    thanks for posting sher!

    here's another youtube video entitled "dolphins in captivity: the harsh truth" from bluevoice.org, that shows an interview with owners of the jap drive fisheries where they say they do the dolphin hunts to fulfill orders from "aquariums": http://youtube.com/watch?v=rxavbL56GyQ

    here's to a future with free and happy dolphins! :P

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