Dolphin Talk Radio Interviews Two Creative Athletes Making a Difference for Dolphins


By Kirsten Massebeau

Meet Jennifer Wolfsong and Shannon Richards true champions for dolphins!

Meet Jennifer Wolfsong and Shannon Richards true champions for dolphins!

Please join us on the new Dolphin Talk Radio featuring your hosts Barbara Napoles and Kirsten Massebeau as they interview Shannon Richards a triathlon athlete and Jennifer Wolfsong a marathon runner who have dedicated their races to saving dolphins. Inspired by “Blackfish” and “The Cove” both Jennifer and Shannon have inspirational journeys to share as they talk about how they became involved in the fight to save dolphins from capture, captivity and slaughter.

The Tuesday August 5, 2014 Dolphin Talk Radio Show entitled “Athletes Running for Dolphin Freedom” will begin at 11pm Eastern time and 8pm Pacific time. Call in with your questions and comments (424) 675-8287. Dolphin Talk Radio is a way to stand up, speak out and make a difference for dolphins worldwide. Together we can make a difference! Mark your calendars and have a listen!

Tweetstorm: Free The Mojave Dolphins From The Mirage Hotel


By Kirsten Massebeau

On July 12, 2014 temperatures reached 102 degrees fahrenheit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unbeknownst to many 10 dolphins are trapped in the Mojave desert far from the ocean. Despite the many dolphin deaths the Mirage hotel and casino’s, “Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat“, also know as the, “Dolphin Death Pool” continues to be restocked. The dolphins imprisoned in the Mirage’s “Dolphin Death Pool”, continue to prove the desert is no place for highly intelligent and social, ocean animals by failing to thrive, and dying after their long work days entertaining guests for profit at the MGM Resort in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Take a VIP tour, trainer for a day image taken by Cindy

“Take a VIP tour, Trainer for a day image”, taken by Cindy Seip SplashFoto, July 5, 2014

On July 19, 2014 Dolphin Tweetstormers will unite on Twitter in an attempt to create awareness, and expose the unnatural and cruel conditions dolphins must endure in the  “Dolphin Death Pool”. According to long-time dolphin activist and creator of the Facebook page, “Save the Blood Dolphins“, Barbara Napole’s: “The desert is no place for dolphins”! Barbara a Floridian, and accomplished captain, navigator, and sailor of her own ship has seen wild dolphins in the ocean for most of her life. When she learned about Siegfried and Roy’s, Dolphin Death Garden she knew that she must take action. She created her petition at that time entitled: “No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas”. Since its creation in 2011 the petition has gathered over 85,000 signatures. Her petition encourages MGM Resorts to close, and retire the dolphins suffering in the Mirage’s “Secret Dolphin Death Pool”:

In 2013 was a breakthrough for the dolphins suffering in the Mirage as Facebook page Free The Mojave Dolphins from the Mirage. Creator Shelly Rae and co- administrator Cecilia LaBar Mialon are now making waves in Las Vegas documenting and fighting for the dolphins imprisoned at the MGM Resorts Mirage. Their Facebook page, events and petitions are drawing worldwide attention.

Louie Psihoyos director and star of The Cove signed No More Dolphins in Las Vegas!

Louie Psihoyos director and star of The Cove signed No More Dolphins in Las Vegas! Join Louie and sign the petition here!  Be a voice for dolphins join the July 19th event here!

“This petition proposes its readers to urge the Mirage to prepare a plan to provide shade and/or relocate the dolphins to a facility that mimics the dolphins natural environment. These creatures belong in the ocean, not in the middle of the desert. If they are truly a research and educational facility they would not need to be located on the Las Vegas Strip”! (source)

Dolphins do NOT belong in the Desert (Mirage Hotel Dolphins from Martyn Stewart on Vimeo. “A twenty-four year sentence” “The Polynesian themed resort known as ‘The Mirage’ has been keeping dolphins captive for the past twenty-four years.  Twenty-Two dolphins have been confined to a life of unnatural and tragic existence since the “habitat” opening in 1990.  Twelve have perished including babies and four wild caught.  That’s an astonishing 55% death rate giving the facility the nickname of “The Dolphin Death Pool”. Here is a list of the dolphins that have died there since its opening in 1990: * Rascal – age 4 – Death unknown * Darla – age 18 – Died from chronic pancreatitis * Squirt – age 15 – Died from respiratory ailment * Picabo – age 18 – Died suddenly from internal tear in its stomach * Bugsy – age 3 – Died from pulmonary abscess * No name – Stillborn * No name – 2 week old calf – died from pulmonary edema * Sigma – age 32 – Died from heart failure * Banjo – age 32 – Died from heart failure * Merlin – age 40 (estimate) – died from pneumonia * Sage – age 11 – death unknown * St. Pepper – age 2 – lung infection The causes for such a high mortality rate is due mainly to stress related diseases and perhaps the extreme summer temperatures as high as 118 degrees. (source)

Martyn Stewart wildlife photographer recently visited the, “Dolphin Death Pool” documenting pox marks on dolphins languishing in the summer heat. In an interview with Champions for Cetaceans he had this to say about trainers and staff at the “Secret Dolphin Habitat”: “The many things that were said to me still stick in my mind like “We feed the dolphins Restaurant quality fish” Do they really believe this stuff that comes out of their mouths! If a dolphin had a choose, would he catch it in the wild alive or book a table in a restaurant to eat!! Its preposterous”!(Martyn Stewart)

“This is a sad still from a video I took today at the mirage in Vegas. This dolphin was going back and forward biting the gate and concrete that separates the two pools in the secret garden. I asked one of the “Educators” why is he doing this? She replied “He likes the sound of his teeth rubbing against the concrete and metal, maybe the taste too!! The woman called the “educator” had only been in the job 2 weeks and she said “in the wild, they don’t have the benefits we provide for these animals like hoops and balls!!!! I will tell them how i feel when i leave this god forsaken place…. until then, i will let them play the dickhead in the show because they are really good at it”! (Martyn Stewart)

 Join our TWEETSTORM on Saturday July 19 to free the Mojave Dolphins from the Mirage Hotel, in Las Vegas! AND SIGN the 4 petitions! Favor firmar las 4 peticiones!

JOIN the Thunderclap ► http://bit.ly/1ykBNEJ

1. No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas ► http://chn.ge/1n47pfp

2. I Take The Pledge to Boycott #MGMResorts Until The Mirage’s “Secret Dolphin Death Garden and Habitat” is Closed in Las Vegas! ► http://chn.ge/1sWMElp

3. APHIS enforce the Animal Welfare Act at the Mirage Hotel Casino. ► http://chn.ge/1mEWJTb

No more Yoga with dolphins

Say No more Yoga with dolphins at the Mirage in Las Vegas sign here!

4. Say NO to yoga with dolphins at The Mirage in Las Vegas ►http://chn.ge/1shSrUW

July 19, 2014: Be the change you want to see! Join the Tweetstorm To Free the Mojave Dolphins from The Mirage Hotel and be a voice for the dolphins suffering so terribly in the heat of the Mojave Desert!

38 Countries, 234 Cities Produced 11,653 Tweets For Dolphin Freedom!!


By Kirsten Massebeau

38 countries, 234 cities produced 11,653 tweets for dolphin freedom!!

38 countries, 234 cities produced 11,653 tweets for release of the remaining 23 dolphins at the Resort World Sentosa slowly dying in captivity.

On May 13, 2014 it was reported that yet another dolphin has died from the original 27 dolphins captured and sold to Resort World Sentosa. Dolphin advocates joined forces, during a Tweetstorm organized by the Facebook page Save The Blood Dolphins. Barbara Napoles creator of Save The Blood Dolphins had this to say about her personal motivation for the Tweetstorm: “When I read that another dolphin had passed, once again I could not stand by and now with new our team of talented activists on Save The Blood Dolphins it was decided that those that enabled the export needed to be exposed”. Social media activists would turn out ten fold to produce 11,693 Tweets that continue to grow now topping at 122,690, exposing the terrible exploitation and treatment of endangered Indo-Pacific dolphins, captured for Resort World Sentosa in the Solomon Islands in 2007. Napoles also created a petition entitled: “Please Help Free the “Sentosa 23″ from Resort World in Sentosa Singapore”. Today the petition has 122,629 signatures gathering more and more signatures everyday.

Following the release of Sharmila’s death (ACRES) Singapore’s Animal Concerns Research and Education Society had this to say: “When is enough enough? Four have already died. Help speak up for the remaining 23 wild-caught dolphins. Urge Resorts World to work with ACRES toward rehabilitating and releasing them back into the vast open oceans.”(source)

Following Sharmila’s death, Resort World Sentosa had this to say: “We are conducting tests to confirm the exact cause of death. Prior medical tests indicated that she was healthy. We are closely monitoring all our animals, and as always, no effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins at Dolphin Island,” (source)

“For each pool, there were several dolphins crammed into a space not much bigger than a volleyball court. “In the second photo, two of the dolphins were not in the water, while another was knocking its head on the wall of the pool. “It was very heartrending to see them. “Related:Marine Life Park visitor ‘embarrassed’ by blurry exhibits inside RWS oceanarium RWS dolphin dies en route to RWS Marine Life Park” (source)

“Transport is traumatic: A dolphin’s body is not adapted to air temperatures or the effects of gravity on land. So when a dolphin is hoisted out of the water, he/she can overheat very quickly. And the sudden pressure of her own body weight over her inner organs can cause severe pain and sometimes permanent cramps all over its body. Imagine going through such agony for ten to twelve hours while being transported to a new water tank. These cramps can even make the dolphin incapable of moving when lowered back into the water, resulting in death by drowning”.(source)

“RWS has stated that they have “a world-class team of experienced professionals and animal experts” and it is their “mission to provide our animals with top-class care, and to treat them with respect.” They had obviously failed to live up to their promise… the wild-caught dolphins were housed for almost a year, in enclosures that were small and rusty. Two of them died here…”(source) 

Things would change dramatically in 2003 as Marine Export Ltd. (MEL) would come to the Solomon Islands convincing islanders to capture dolphins for marine parks.

During the hunt, capture and confinement many wild dolphin lives would be lost as they were forced to live in shallow waters fenced off waters in murky waters fed dead fish: “The 2003 capture resulted in an illegal import to Mexico and a weakening of CITES (please see CSI’s web-archived October, 2003 Whales Alive!). Half of those dolphins in Mexico have died since then. Given the Solomon Islanders’ attitude towards this species of dolphin, it is very likely that many, many more died during the captures”.(source)

In 2007 Ocean Embassy/Wildlife International Network would come to the Solomon Islands to obtain dolphins for captive facilities. In 2007 William Rossiter opened his article, “Solomon Islands” saying this: “The Solomon Islands again attracted international condemnation in June when at least twenty newly-captured Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops aduncus, appeared in the infamous pens used in the brutal and exploitive 2003 dolphin capture”.(source)

In 2007 Robin Friday Jr. and brother Chad were dispatched by Robin Friday the founder of Wildlife International Network and serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Embassy, Inc. and Wildlife International Network, Inc. to prepare the wild caught newly-captured Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, for sale and transport. The Ocean Embassy/WIN members quickly found ways to circumvent CITES and skewed population data to forward their plans of exportation:

According the CSI whale the now powerful partnership Of Ocean Embassy/WIN found ways to again circumvent CITES and export dolphins: “In late June Porter, finally admitting what everyone knows, hired a U.S. scientist to get some data, albeit a little late. Porter’s MEL partners include Wildlife International Network Inc. (WIN), including Robin Friday, Mark Simmons, and Ted N. Turner, although Turner may have left. In Panama WIN calls itself “Ocean Embassy”, where their extremely controversial permit to capture 80 local dolphins for captive display and probable sale continues to fuel such a public fury that it might be on hold when you read this”.(source)

According to Ocean Embassy/ WIN the ex SeaWorld trainers plan to continue their plunder of the Solomon Island for dolphins despite the objections of islanders. They make it very clear their career as dolphin traffickers is ongoing and alive. These men believe themselves unstoppable: “We continue to see a future where limited dolphin exports, local dolphin population studies, new international zoological dolphin experiences and captive studies can result in a sustainable conservation and business initiative for the Solomon Islands”.(source)

It is easy to see why the death of yet another wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins motivated so many people to speak out by tweeting out 11,653 times.

Isn’t it time that organizations like Ocean Embassy/ WIN composed of ex SeaWorld, Marine Park trainers be exposed and stopped before more dolphins are ripped from their families and the oceans to line their pockets with gold.   The world must become aware that the captive industry is a business that will stop at nothing to make a profit. Ocean Embassy’s white washing of their activities behind training stranded dolphins and releases may fool non profits like Born Free who has not responded to our inquiries regarding their relationship with Robin Friday bur not true dolphin advocates who recognize cetaceans as free ranging, highly intelligent beings. (Robin Friday worked with Born Free to help with the release of Tom and Misha despite his history as a dolphin trafficker. Born Free has not yet commented on our inquiries).

Resort World Sentosa also continues to show their real colors as they dredge Bimini destroying a critical habitat and coral reef to create yet another huge resort, that they most likely hope to populate with more wild dolphins obtained by their partners at Ocean Embassy/WIN. 

While the Tweetstorm has ended, the fight to free the remaining 23 Indo-Pacific dolphins from Resort World Sentosa continues. Save The World’s Saddest Dolphins/ Acres offers petitions and ways to get involved on their website and Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins/ACRES on Facebook. Join us on Save the Blood Dolphins as we fight for the dolphins in trouble worldwide.    ‘

Faroe Island’s Grind Spring/Summer 2014 Takes 13 Dolphin Victims


By Kirsten Massebeau and Barbara Napoles

The Pithing Tool is Used to sever the spine behind the blowhole a cruel and inhumane practice

The Pithing Tool is used to sever the spine behind the blowhole a cruel and inhumane practice of slaughtering dolphins. An example can be seen in footage from Taiji hunters instructed by the Faroe Islanders in the slaughtering technique.

The suffering of highly intelligent beings has begun as the Faroe Grind Summer 2014 takes the lives of 13 long finned pilot whales, a large dolphin that migrates through the North Atlantic. The small family of whales was driven into the shores of Fuglafjørður a village on Eysturoy’s east coast in the Faroe Islands. Its name means “fjord of birds”. The village is at the edge of a bay and expands into the surrounding steep hillsDespite scientific findings that dolphins have large complex brains, languages, and cultures the terrible hunt continues.

The small pod of dolphins are only the beginning of grindadráps that will span the summer and into the early fall slaughtering 1000’s of the large dolphins many of whom are pregnant at this time of year as they migrate through the North Atlantic past the Faroe Islands. The species is IUCN Red Listed as Data deficient, the meat is toxic, and the killing method inhumane yet the slaughter of 1000’s continues. The world has spoken out against the grind with Disney Cruise Lines recently altering their summer dropping the Faroe Islands from their route:

“No information has been released as to the reasoning behind the schedule change, but it’s likely that passengers–many of which are traveling with children–would be disturbed to see the slaughter, which happens on the beaches and usually fills the harbor with red water. Animal rights advocates criticize hunts like these for being cruel and unnecessary, because the level of mercury in pilot whales makes them unfit for consumption”.

 

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Hope for Angel: The Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project and Australia for Dolphins file Lawsuit Against The Taiji Whale Museum


By Kirsten Massebeau

Together, Sarah Lucas of Australia for Dolphins and Ric O’Barry of The Dolphin Project presented the Taiji Whale Museum with a lawsuit: Takashi Takano, Representative Partner of the Tokyo-based Takano Law Office said: “The Taiji Whale Museum’s conduct is an egregious violation of the Japanese constitution and deeply-held Japanese values. My clients were refused entry to a public place simply because of their appearance. We are confident we can demonstrate this in court.”(source)

January 17, 2014 a mega pod of bottlenose dolphins was driven into Taiji “The Cove” in five large sections. Among the dolphin community was a mother with a rare albino baby dolphin who today is know as “Angel”. Throughout the day and night as Angel and her family awaited the chaos and violence of the coming days she hugged her mother as though she knew the remaining hours of her life with her family and community was going to be taken from her. The following morning when the hunters and trainers arrived their first victim would be Angel. They quickly separated mother from baby, wrangling the rare albino dolphin onto a skiff, taking her directly to the Taiji Whale Museum only minutes from the killing cove where she remains today in a tiny tank harassed by humans and other dolphins. While some say her mother committed suicide, the chances of slaughter were equally as possible. After Angel’s capture three days of torture and hell remained for the 250 plus super pod as the juveniles were captured, their parents and the injured slaughtered and the unwanted driven back out to sea with only a few surviving.

In her article “Taiji Whale Museum Slapped with Lawsuit Over Albino Dolphin Angel” Melissa Cronin quotes the head of the Taiji Whale Museum“The aquariums head Katsumi Hayashi, acknowledges his facility routinely denies entry to non Japanese activists such as members of the Conservation Group Sea Shepherd(SSCS)”. What the  Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums Member(JAZA), Katsumi Hayashi, does not go onto explain is that The Dolphin Project and Australia for Dolphins are in no way affiliated with SSCS. “Action for Angel” is an independent campaign spear headed by Australia for Dolphins, The Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins all organizations working hand in hand with Japanese people who oppose dolphin drive fisheries.

Sarah Lucas, CEO of Australia for Dolphins and a plaintiff in the case said: “The Taiji Whale Museum tries to hide its cruel treatment of Angel in a dark indoor tank from the world’s cameras. We hope this action will open up the museum to the sunlight of public scrutiny, and bring about improvements to Angel’s living conditions. (source)

“The Taiji Whale Museum has refused entry to Ric O’Barry, Sarah Lucas knowing they oppose the cruel dolphin drive, and abusive treatment of dolphins at the Taiji Whale Museum and in the bloody cove.

“What we would like to achieve is the same right the Japanese Public has access to the building so we can get inside and see how Angel is doing the rare albino dolphin that was captured. We would just like to see her. They don’t want us to do that. They are hiding something and they are breaking the law in the process of hiding that something”.

Take action now.. Go to #Action4Angel.org and get involved! You are her only hope. #Hope4Angel and all captive dolphins. 

Ric O’Barry & Sarah Lucas: “Will the Japanese Courts Protect the Dolphins of Taiji?”

 

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TWEETSTORM – Dublin’s Q102 Should Stop Promoting SeaWorld


Join the May 5th, 2014 TWEETSTORM demanding Dublin’s Q102 drop their irresponsible prize! Dublin’s Q102 will begin a contest on May 5th, 2014 and ending on May 16, 2014. The winner will win a full paid vacation to SeaWorld! For some reason Dublin’s Q102 hasn’t gotten the news flash that SeaWorld has been cited for the death of Dawn Branchau and exposed for their exploitation of cetaceans: orcas, dolphins and other small whale species. 

 TWEETSTORM – Dublin’s Q102 Radio Should Stop Promoting SeaWorld !

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Action Alert: Navy’s Proposed Action Deadly To Resident Orcas


By Kirsten Massebeau

The comment period closes on April 15 for the Navy’s Proposed Actions in the Puget Sound.and the entire Northwest Training Complex.The Navy plans to add pier-side testing and maintenance, increased sonar practicing, and increased underwater charges and mines. While the Navy tries to minimize the impact of their activities Ken Balcomb senior scientist at The Center For Whale Research has actually heard, and seen the damage.

Listen to the OPB interview with Ken Balcomb senior scientist at The Center For Whale Research featured in Candace Calloway Whiting’s article: Hear Ear-splitting Navy Sonar, and Watch the Orca Whales Respond

Please follow this link and read the Navy’s Proposed Plan HERE. Once you have read the proposed action you can then comment on the three deadly and important changes they are seeking. The ability to do pier-side sonar testing and maintenance one of the worst. An increase in sonar, and mines exercises and increase in underwater charges is unacceptable!

Sample Letter:

“I am writing in opposition to the Navy’s proposed expansion of their Northwest Training Complex. I want to begin by opposing pier side sonar testing that would take place in an ESA listed habitat for resident orcas not to mention the many other cetaceans, marine mammals, and ocean life living close to the shorelines. Increasing these tests dock side is out of the question. There is no limit to the damage and deaths it will cause.

I also oppose and increase in underwater charges, increased war games using sonar, and explosion of underwater mines.
“Alternative 1 includes some activities that were not analyzed in previous documents. New activities being considered include:
“Use of new and existing unmanned vehicles and their acoustic sensors, in support of homeland security and anti-terrorism/force protection. This type of training is critical in protecting the nation’s military and civilian harbors, ports and shipping lanes.
Use of 0.50-caliber blanks in Puget Sound in support of force protection training of the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Force.
Addition of a biennial maritime homeland defense mine countermeasure training exercise in Puget Sound and analyzing the amount of time acoustic sensors are used during that event”.
All of the above expansions are unacceptable. I am supporting NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE and a slow departure of the Navy from the Puget Sound area and Pacific Northwest. It’s time to end the Navy’s war on whales”.

COMMENT HERE!!!

Please use the above information and compose your comment now opposing the Navy’s proposed action increasing their deadly activities in the Puget Sound!

PLEASE COMMENT NOW!!!

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