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.    ‘

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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TWEETSTORM ~ WAZA HAS THE POWER TO END THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTERS, DEMAND THAT WAZA ACT NOW !!


By Kirsten Massebeau

A mega pod of dolphins that included a rare albino dolphin calf gained worldwide attention on January 17, 2014 as they were driven into the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan. Using a painful technique called oikomi, once the hunters locate a pod, in this case bottlenose dolphins, they create a semi-circle. They then drop steel pipes with fluted bottoms into the water. Together each boat bangs on the poles with hammers creating a painful wall of sound. On January 17th the bottlenose dolphins in a race for their lives were inevitably pushed into the cove section by section, and netted off for the captive process that would begin the following day.

The grueling process of selection for WAZA members facilities by SSCS Cove Guardians January

The grueling process of selection for WAZA members facilities by SSCS Cove Guardians January 20, 2014 Taiji

For four days the dolphins were pushed into the shallows of Hatakejiri Bay. Using the blast of engines and hunters in dive suits, each section of the pod was manhandled, many injured, as they were pushed onto the shore of the killing cove where dolphin trainers, many working for the one of local dolphin brokers the Taiji Whale Museum, a World Association of zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)  member, and Dolphin Base another broker, were waiting to inspect the younger dolphins for sale to aquariums, marine parks and dolphinariums worldwide.

The first taken was the rare albino baby who was literally ripped from its mothers side. For four days the mega pod remained in the cove as trainers took the young from their parents marking the unwanted with a white stripe that would later mean slaughter or a drive back out to sea. As the days of captive selection continued the dolphin suffering escalated as the dolphins became weaker, wounded, and more panicked.

The hunters ran over the dolphins again and again as they pushed the dolphins under the tarps using the blades and roar of the outboard motors to manipulate their victims.

Dolphins panicked, and began to lose the will to live as days went by. While the dolphin drives have been an annual event since 1969, and had been exposed most recently in the 2009 release of the documentary The Cove it has continued. This drive though, would draw worldwide attention.

The news of this huge bottlenose round-up coursed through media outlets worldwide sparking global outrage. US Ambassador Carolyn Kennedy came forward expressing deep concern about the Taiji dolphin hunts(source). Yoko Ono came forward publishing a letter to the ISANA “Fisherman’s” Union imploring them to end the hunt (source) While many important people came forward the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) remained silent as the bottlenose dolphins being manhandled and selected for captivity in the cove would be bought, and sold by and to their members.

“In a recent interview Ric O’Barry film star and creator of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove that exposed the Taiji dolphin capture and slaughter had this to say: “The number of dolphins caught last year for captivity was tremendous: about 250. The season before, only 50 dolphins were captured for captivity”.(Source)

“This claim of ‘Japanese tradition’ is nonsense,” stated Ric O’Barry, Director of Earth Island’s Dolphin Project.  “The dolphin drive hunts, according to the town’s own written history, says a couple of drive hunts occurred in 1936 and 1944, but the current series of hunts only began in 1969.”(source)

What you can do to help?

Join the Tweetstorm !TWEETSTORM ~ WAZA HAS THE POWER TO END THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTERS, DEMAND THAT WAZA ACT NOW !!

TWEETSTORM TIME ANNOUNCER: ► http://bit.ly/1cXjmsv

COUNTDOWN TO TWEETSTORM: ► http://bit.ly/1joYdjo

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Albino Bottlenose Dolphin Captured In The Cove Brings WorldWide Attention To WAZA’s Partnership with JAZA’s Taiji Drive Fisheries


By Kirsten Massebeau

A rare albino dolphin ripped from it’s mothers side has brought worldwide attention to the cruel dolphin drives that continue to take place off the coast of Japan in the town of Taiji. The ISANA Fisherman’s Union a small group of dolphin hunters are given a yearly quota for drive fisheries. The quota for bottlenose dolphins in the 2013/2014 season is 577. Prior to this drive of 250 plus bottlenose dolphins the dolphin hunters had already taken 71 for aquariums, releasing 160 for next year, and slaughtering 87 for fertilizer (Source)

In her article “A Japanese Plea for Help“, Leah gives dolphin supporters ways take action and publishes an open letter that was sent to Doctor Gerald Dick, Executive Director of Worlds Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) on January 17, 2014. An excerpt from the letter:

“In fact, the history of dolphin hunting in Taiji is short. According to “The History of Taiji,” edited and published by Taiji town in 1979, the first recorded dolphin drive was in 1933, with subsequent hunts occurring in 1936 and 1944. It was not until 1969 that dolphin drives have been conducted on a large scale. The history of the dolphin drives spans not so-called 400 years, but a mere 45. Furthermore, in 1969, the main goal of the dolphin drive was to capture pilot whales as prized showpieces for the Taiji Whale Museum. In other words, the dolphin drive was purely for profit, having nothing to do with cultural history. Since 1969 a close relationship began building between the drive hunt and aquaria as financial activities”.(Source)

. In 2010, WAZA made it clear that they supported, and were working with Taiji drive fisheries calling the capture and slaughter a transitional approach. (Source)

“Considering WAZA’s Code of Ethics, we believe that even culture and long history should not be acceptable reasons to inflict pain and agony on wild animals. Though you replied that “WAZA member facilities place animal welfare at the forefront of all animal acquisitions,” JAZA still allows its members to acquire dolphins from extremely cruel drive hunts, and, as we wrote you in previous petition, the number of dolphins caught using these unethical capture methods has only been increasing”.(Source)

In a statement issued at the beginning of the dolphin drive season 2013 WAZA  seems to try and distance themselves from the dolphin suffering in “The Cove” yet have such a close relationship with their Japanese regional Association, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) who openly work with drive fisheries to obtain dolphins for aquariums and marine parks worldwide. Ironically JAZA, a supporter of the capture and slaughter in The Cove is on WAZA’s Animal Welfare Committee.

Who could stop this? According to Ric O’Barry of the Dolphin Project, WAZA and JAZA have the power:

“A member of JAZA is the notorious Taiji Whale Museum.  Dr. Dick and WAZA meanwhile have a policy statement on their website which is an excellent example of obfuscation, denial, and finger-pointing, in very polite language, to avoid the reality that JAZA member aquariums and other WAZA member aquariums subsidize the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji by buying live-caught wild dolphins from the dolphin killers at an outrageous price.

WAZA’s “inaction” seems clearly in conflict which their own mission statement which emphasizes conservation and sustainability.(Source)

What can you do? Sign the petition demanding the Taiji Whale Museum: Release the baby albino dolphin back into the ocean HERE

Follow this link to the ongoing event to help dolphins, and join the event demanding WAZA, JAZA, IMATA and the entire captive industry put an end to the cruel capture of dolphins that continues today in Taiji, Japan!

Champions for Cetaceans will be updating with the final heartbreaking results at the end of the capture and slaughter of the 200 plus pod still awaiting their final fate in The Cove!

Come join us on:

Facebook at Champions for Cetaceans and Save The Blood Dolphins for current drive updates on Facebook and I love Dolphins for updates and dolphin news

Follow The Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project on Facebook and Twitter and the Sea Shepherds Cove Guardians on Twitter, Facebook, and Livestream

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Action Alert Tweetstorm Now!! Huge Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins In The Cove – GET THE MEDIA TO SEE THE LIVESTREAM !!


By Kirsten Massebeau

Albino baby 2A Tweetstorm by I Love Dolphins taking place now for the 350 plus bottlenose dolphins with a rare albino calf within the super pod! Please join now and begin Tweeting as the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians Livestream as the captive dolphin selection and slaughter process begins in The Cove! The captive industry has hit the jackpot for their marine parks. It is our job to expose what they are supporting. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and The International Marine Animal Trainers Association work with drive fisheries and barter these dolphins. Calf’s, babies are ripped from their mothers sides to and their parents are slaughtered! Our voice is their only hope!

GO TO THE LIST OF PREMADE TWEETS HERE!

HUGE POD OF DOLPHINS IN THE COVE -GET THE MEDIA TO SEE THE LIVESTREAM !! JOIN HERE AND LEARN MORE

We are going to post a link with PRE-MADE tweets (incl. hashtag & livestream link) just one minute before the storm starts, the only thing you need to do is to hit all the buttons on this tweet link…. SO LET’S BE READY TO RUMBLE THE MEDIA !!

On the 17th of January a huge drive happened and 5 pods of Bottlenose dolphins were driven into the notorious Cove in Taiji, Japan. Included in this are BABIES and one rare and unique ALBINO Bottlenose dolphin. Tomorrow, the captive selection will take place. Sealing their fate to a life inside a concrete prison, sold for captivity. Enough!! The Media has ignored this for long enough. Let’s tweet for these dolphins who were unfortunate enough to swim too close to Taiji and URGE the media to stand up and take notice. Let’s get this to the papers. Let’s go!!!!

DUE TO TIME LIMIT (WE WANT THE MEDIA TO WITNESS THIS HORROR TONIGHT AS IT UNFOLDS ) WE NEED YOU TO SHARE THIS EVENT AS FAR AND WIDE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.(source)

 

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Bottlenose Dolphins Dying for SeaWorld, IMATA and WAZA in The Cove


By Kirsten Massebeau

The 2013-2014 dolphin drive and slaughter in Taiji, Japan has never been more obviously supported by the captive industry than this year and last. The bottlenose dolphin prized by SeaWorld’s and marine parks worldwide are one of the species that demonstrates the enticing golden hand of captivity as it reaches out to the dolphin hunters sponsoring and encouraging them to capture more dolphins for the ever growing industry. During the current dolphin drive hunting season the ISANA Fisherman’s Union, the dolphin hunters, have had great luck driving in several pods of bottlenose dolphins. For each trained dolphin they can get upwards 175,000 dollars while a dead dolphin will only bring about 400-700 dollars for its meat, less depending on species. The bottlenose are most often used in fertilizer. 

Bottlenose dolphins captured and killed in drive season 2013-2014:

319 bottlenose dolphins have been driven into the cove. 71 bottlenose dolphins have been taken for aquariums while 87 were slaughtered. 160 have been released. The ISANA Union must occasionally release remaining pods if they want their supply to last.(Source)

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

In a recent interview Ric O’Barry film star and creator of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove that exposed the Taiji dolphin capture and slaughter had this to say: “The number of dolphins caught last year for captivity was tremendous: about 250. The season before, only 50 dolphins were captured for captivity”.(Source) While SeaWorld would have you think they have no connection to Taiji the absolute opposite is in fact true. In the early 1980’s SeaWorld began buying dolphins from the Iki Island dolphin drives and then moved onto Taiji, drive fisheries. (source)

The captive industry keeps the dolphin drive alive. The meat is toxic for human consumption and in truth the population that eat and use dolphin in Japan is small but as long as the captive industry needs new blood to stock their aquariums the terrible abuse, and slaughter will continue.

The captive industry claims to oppose drive fisheries yet the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) rationalize and reap the benefits of the cruel dolphin drives as does the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA):

Any individual who believes in IMATA’s mission and who supports its goals is welcomed into the membership. This includes extending membership to individuals who work for organizations that acquire dolphins from a drive fishery. A caregiver is welcomed by IMATA even if s/he participates in the selection and collection of live animals on the premise that those animals will benefit as s/he is exposed to the most current best practices in animal care and training. (source)

How can you help? Don’t buy a ticket to a dolphin show or swim with dolphins. Join the ongoing event pressuring WAZA and IMATA to end their long relationship with Taiji drive fisheries HERE. It’s time to end the aquatic circus model created by SeaWorld and accept the fact that dolphins belong in the oceans with their families.

Has Blackfish Sunk the SeaWorld Ship?


By Kirsten Massebeau, Images by Barbara Napoles

Florida Attractions Associations is making a plea to supporters of SeaWorld to come out and voice their support for what appears to be a sinking ship. Simultaneously, CNN News giant posted an article today entitled, “Martina McBride, 38 Special, cancel SeaWorld gig over ‘Blackfish’ backlash”. In the article CNN shares a long list of celebrities who are quickly distancing themselves from SeaWorld since the world changing release of the documentary Blackfish that exposes the tragic lives of captive orcas and the death of Dawn Branchau: “A promoter could put together a whale of a concert series with the acts that have canceled SeaWorld shows in the past several weeks, including Trisha YearwoodWillie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Heart andBarenaked LadiesREO Speedwagon announced its cancellation on Friday“.(Source)

On December 16, 2013 The Florida Attractions Association published a plea for help in stopping so called “fanatics” and “extremists“:

Dear FAA Member,One of our members is under attack.

Unfortunately, a few radical extremist groups are attacking SeaWorld.  CNN network, desperate for ratings, modified their all “news” format to air a skewed documentary denigrating SeaWorld.  A result has been the cancellation of some music groups who had been booked to perform at SeaWorld next spring
The following artists have succumbed to pressure from fanatical extremists. 
(Source)

Florida Attractions Associations (FAA) linked supposed FAA member and “SeaWorld” supporters to a TMZ article, “Stars and Scars” that allowed voting for all those scared stars. SeaWorld’s vote gave readers two choices 1) Shut it down or 2) I like it.(Source) Quickly the “Shut it Down” surpassed, “I like” it despite their efforts.

FAA goes on compelling SeaWorld supporters to fight back by sharing a page called,”SeaWorld Cares”. The page showcases SeaWorld doing rescue work yet artfully placed within the pictures of rescues are captive orcas, SeaWorld’s trademark that has been exposed as nothing more than an aquatic circus.

While the FAA might have the power to encourage some to stand up for the aquatic circus the growing number of people who have seen “Blackfish” are saying no to SeaWorld and that includes children. Cash a five year old boy has made a call action! Join the protest nearest you and if you planned a trip to a SeaWorld please cancel and make Cash’s birthday wish come true!

Join ARFF SeaWorld Orlando protest December 22nd Orlando 2013 at 10am EST here!

PROTEST $EA WORLD $AN DIEGO…WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY UNTIL THE TANKS ARE EMPTY! San Diego SeaWorld, December 22, 2013 at 10am until 1PM PST Join Here

Feel Free to let the Florida Amusement Association know that as long as SeaWorld exploits orcas and dolphins you won’t be spending your vacation money there!