Dolphins are highly intelligent marine mammals known for their agility and playful nature. In the wild they swim up to 40 miles a day, socializing, mating, and hunting for food. When they are abducted from the sea, their home, and held in captivity they are deprived of food and their freedom.
Katie Emmons, a 17-year-old student, recognized the cruelty of captivity after attending Disney World’s ‘Seas with Nemo & Friends’ attraction and immediately took action by starting a petition to release the four dolphins.
The petition has already reached more than 25,000 people including Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” and former Flipper trainer.
Upon joining the cause O’Barry made the following statement: “The facility at Disney World’s Epcot Park does not appear to educate the public about dolphins, especially given that captive dolphins paint a false image of everything a dolphin is. Dolphin displays are nothing but a show of human dominance over animals.”
Having worked behind the scenes witnessing the effects of captivity firsthand both Samantha Berg, a former Sea World trainer, and Carol Ray, a former marine mammal trainer, are also lending their support to the cause.
Ray voiced concern saying, “I wholeheartedly applaud Katie Emmons’ mission to free the dolphins that are being held captive at Disney’s Epcot Park. These intelligent and social animals are enclosed in a completely unnatural, barren environment day in and day out. The public needs to put their collective foot down and let Disney know they will not tolerate or support this kind of cruelty.”
If you want to put your foot down, join the campaign at: http://www.change.org/freedisneydolphins and have an email sent to Disney executives on your behalf.