Five lies marine parks want you to believe

Apr 15, 2016 by afdadmin
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In a post-Blackfish world, people are becoming increasingly worried about the health and happiness of captive marine animals. They are beginning to question the moral grounds of marine parks altogether. And rightly so. Marine parks tell us a lot of things in an attempt to persuade the public what they are doing is safe and View full story

The future’s calling: it’s time to help dolphins in captivity

Apr 13, 2016 by afdadmin
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You often hear talk about the elusive “younger generation”, and how it’s up to them to save the world. Lucky for us, there’s some pretty awesome kids around.  AFD had the opportunity to travel to Coffs Harbour recently, home of the controversial marine park, Dolphin Marine Magic. While there, we delivered an education program to View full story

The RSPCA doesn’t want you to visit marine parks. Here’s why.

Apr 12, 2016 by afdadmin
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The Australian Senate and the RSPCA have both expressed their concerns about dolphin captivity. Why? A growing body of science suggests that dolphins in captivity suffer physically and mentally. They may undergo stress, disease, and exhibit abnormal behaviour – such as constantly circling their tiny tanks, or bobbing up and down out of boredom. But don’t just take our View full story

Horror stories from captivity

Apr 07, 2016 by afdadmin
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Baby Ji-Ling was only a calf when he died at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour, Australia. The park has refused to release necropsy results, but the regulator has said “leaf litter” was a likely cause. In order words, it’s likely this baby dolphin swallowed litter left in his litter-strewn pool until so much piled up View full story

The Action 4 Angel win – what does it mean?

Mar 29, 2016 by afdadmin
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On Good Friday we received some wonderful news; Australia for Dolphins won a lawsuit against the Taiji Whale Museum. This cruel museum isn’t just the institution that tore a rare albino dolphin calf named Angel out of the wild. It is also the government broker of the annual dolphin hunts in Japan, acting as the View full story

My visit to an Australian marine park

Feb 22, 2016 by afdadmin
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By AFD’s Advocacy Director, Jordan Sosnowski Working in dolphin protection, I’ve had the unfortunate privilege of visiting some of the worst marine parks in the world. And I can say that, even compared to parks I’ve seen in country’s with no animal welfare laws, Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour gives me concern. Litter-strewn chlorinated water, View full story

Open letter to Kellogg’s: Stop promoting dolphin cruelty

Jan 29, 2016 by afdadmin
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To whom it may concern, E: [email protected] Re: Kellogg’s promotion of Dolphin Marine Magic in ‘Grown Ups Go Free’ offer I am writing on behalf of Australia for Dolphins (‘AFD’), a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, to request Kellogg’s remove Dolphin Marine Magic as a partner in the current ‘Grown Ups Go Free’ promotion. Dolphin Marine View full story

Open letter: STOP Atlantis putting sharks in a nightclub

Jan 14, 2016 by afdadmin
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THERE’S NOTHING ‘COOL’ ABOUT ANIMAL CRUELTY. Imagine spending the rest of your life trapped in a tiny glass cage, surrounded by flashing lights and loud music. Sadly, this living hell is about to become a reality for two highly-sensitive hammerhead sharks. Please, help save sharks from a lifetime of torture. Click here to sign the View full story

Australia for Dolphins ethical guide to seeing dolphins

Nov 25, 2015 by afdadmin
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For thousands of years, dolphins have ignited a sense of awe and mystery in humans. One New York magazine editor said she felt “a definite sense of presence” and experienced “a profound cross-species greeting” when she was circled by a pod of dolphins in Hawaii. Scientists have recently discovered that whales and dolphins have specialised View full story

Plight of the captive whale shark

Nov 25, 2015 by afdadmin
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Last week, following fierce public pressure, Village Roadshow ended its involvement in the establishment of a new marine park in Hainan, China. The controversy put the spotlight on dolphin and whale shark captivity; two species due to be captured from the wild for the aquarium. The effects of captivity on bottlenose dolphins is well known. View full story