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The Selfish Connection: How Our Love For Dolphins is Killing Them

There is no doubt that people love dolphins. They are cute, playful, and intelligent wild animals. These are the traits that make us want to get closer to them. And these are also the traits that cause us to put them in captivity. During the 1960’s there was a realization that money could be made out of their cuteness and intelligence. So the swim-with-captive-dolphins experience was born and captive dolphin shows became a huge money-making industry. People flocked to zoos and aquariums to see all the tricks that these animals could perform. Play ball, kiss the trainer, jump through a

There is no doubt that people love dolphins. They are cute, playful, and intelligent wild animals. These are the traits that make us want to get closer to them. And these are also the traits that cause us to put them in captivity. During the 1960’s there was a realization that money could be made out of their cuteness and intelligence. So the swim-with-captive-dolphins experience was born and captive dolphin shows became a huge money-making industry. People flocked to zoos and aquariums to see all the tricks that these animals could perform. Play ball, kiss the trainer, jump through a hoop…you name it. And through it all we told ourselves that the dolphins loved it.

We were wrong.

A dolphin’s smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion that they’re always happy – Rick O’Barry, ex-dolphin trainer and founder of the Dolphin Project

It wasn’t until 2009 when the documentary The Cove showed to the world how dolphins are acquired from the wild. Entire pods may be targeted and rounded up. Many individuals are killed or injured and left to die. Young dolphins are kidnapped from their family groups and then transported to zoos where they live for the rest of their lives in captivity.

Then, in 2013 we had Blackfish. This revolutionary documentary focused on the life of a captive orca.

We could say that these two films together have started a new revolution in environmental activism. They are the backbone of an emerging and crucial dialogue.

Their message has been received: holding cetaceans in captivity is morally wrong.

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