The more we learn about marine mammals, the more troubling it becomes to keep these complex, intelligent creatures in tanks and pens. It’s time to see the situation from the animals’ point of view and reconsider whether it's right to confine them for our amusement.
Dolphins are long-lived, wide-ranging predators who are self-aware and capable of abstract thinking. When captured from the wild for public display, they are removed violently and traumatically from their social units. Japan's drive fishery is particularly cruel.
HSI is working to educate the public about the threats posed to the conservation and welfare of marine mammals by the practice of exhibiting them for entertainment. We work with governments, media, local activists, and the general public to change the perception of captive marine mammals. You can help: Don't swim with dolphins, and think twice before attending a marine mammal show.
May 14, 2013
HSI/India Calls on Greater Cochin Development Authority to Reveal Public Expenditures for Pursuit of Misguided Dolphinarium Project
HSI/India called for a full accounting of public funds used to explore the viability of a dolphinarium in Kerala, deemed unlawful by several federal government agencies.
January 25, 2013
HSI works with the China Association of Zoological Gardens to improve conditions for animals in Chinese zoos.
January 16, 2013
In January 2013, the Animal Welfare Board of India issued an advisory to all state governments against granting permission for dolphinariums after HSI and partners presented evidence of the many problems associated with them.
January 10, 2013
HSI/Canada applauded the people of Inukjuak for their compassionate response to the plight of up to one dozen orcas trapped in sea ice off their shores.