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Stop Plans to Imprison Dolphins

Plans are underway to display captive dolphins and other marine animals in a marine park in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India. According to a news report, SeaWorld in the US was the inspiration for the proposed marine park – but considering the criticism that SeaWorld has faced for its cruelty to animals, this plan is grossly irresponsible.

The proposal for a marine park in Sindhudurg flies in the face of growing worldwide disapproval of confining wild animals or otherwise using them for human entertainment. As people around the world learn more about the miserable lives of animals in marine parks and other captive environments, they are staying away. Consumer boycotts have forced all of England's marine mammal exhibits to close.

Aquatic animals have complex, interesting, and active lives. Scientists know that many marine species form close-knit bonds and communicate with as much clarity and expression as we do. Experts in philosophy, conservation, and animal behavior have also just argued that dolphins should be treated as nonhuman "persons," with their rights to life and liberty respected, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest science conference.

Caring people like you must add your voice to the campaign and let the chief minister of Maharashtra and other officials know that keeping aquatic animals in marine parks or allowing people to harass animals and invade their ocean home is cruel and that this proposal must be stopped.

You Can Help
Please ask the chief minister of Maharashtra and other officials to put an immediate stop to plans to build a marine park in Sindhudurg.

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