Xperedon Fundraising Tools
Advertisment

SEAWORLD: Animal welfare campaigns

25/06/2014 by Alan Cole in the UK

Public pressure gathering momentum against SeaWorld and others using captive marine animals for entertainment?

Animal welfare charity backed pressure building, against the use of captive dolphins and whales as attractions?

Whale watching
Whale in flight. Photo: IFAW.

Many countries have banned the use of dolphins and whales in marine parks and shows and in the UK, for instance, a proposed ban on wild animals in circuses also has enormous public support...

A recent UK survey has shown public support for dolphin and killer whale marine park shows is almost zilch...

86 per cent of the 2,050 people surveyed in a poll carried out on behalf of travel company, responsibletravel.com, and wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation said they would not want to visit a marine park to see whales and dolphins as part of an overseas holiday...

A recent US poll commissioned by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) showed a rise in American public support against Orcas in captivity...

A number of petitions also continue to gather momentum, on the grounds that it is cruel to keep large creatures used to the freedom of the oceans in confined spaces, and use them for tricks and entertainment...

One online petition in California alone, asking for a ban on Orcas in captivity for use as entertainment, has reached over a million signatures...

Is the weight of public opinion gathering behind animal welfare campaigns opposed to the use of keeping large marine animals as captives?

Success in this direction was celebrated this month when a major tour operator backed campaigners' calls...

News that STA Travel are to stop sending tourists to animal attractions that are considered unethical is a “significant step forward” for animals and the tourism industry, says wildlife charity Care for the Wild.

The tourism giant, which sends 2.5 million travellers on trips each year, announced that they will no longer be selling tickets for SeaWorld resorts in the USA, or other tourist destinations frowned upon by animal welfare advocates...

Care for the Wild runs the RIGHT-tourism.org website promoting animal-friendly tourist activities...

CEO Philip Mansbridge says: “It’s what we needed to see from a big player in the tourism business, but it was never going to be easy for a large company to say ‘no’ to big money-makers like SeaWorld. It’s taken courage on their behalf to do this, and we congratulate them.

“This move by STA sends out a strong message that animals don’t exist for our entertainment. It follows ABTA’s excellent animal welfare guidelines which were produced last year, which aim to get the travel industry to think harder about where they send their customers... and Richard Branson consulting on dolphinariums, so it feels like there’s a real sea-change going on...

“Customers are becoming more aware of what responsible tourism means when it comes to animals, and tour operators are starting to listen...”

Whilst a number of attractions around the world that are presented as tourism opportunities alarm animal welfare campaigners, SeaWorld continues to receive a lot of attention from campaigners...

An online petition has also been aimed at British Airways to stop selling trips to SeaWorld, and that has now attracted over 100,000 signatures...

Protests and petitions organised by environmental groups and campaigners continue to regularly target SeaWorld parks, campaigning against their captive use of whales and dolphins...

Campaigners believe the complex intelligence of dolphins and whales and their free existence in infinite ocean ranges makes it cruel to keep them in captivity for display or entertainment...

In its defence, SeaWorld that comprises a number of marine attractions across the USA says it backs wildlife conservation via the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, and believes it promotes conservation in the wild via its educational impact...

However, public polls and the growth of campaigns suggest there is a decreasing appetite for such captive shows due to the welfare needs of the animals...

In terms of SeaWorld in particular, and dolphin shows generally, Philip Mansbridge says:

“Dolphins, and Orcas (killer whales) should have the freedom of the ocean – in the wild they can swim hundreds of miles in a day. If you contrast this to the amount of space they have in captivity – often no bigger than a swimming pool – then there is clearly a huge discrepancy which in no way represents their natural environment or allows them to express natural behaviour.

“Many dolphinariums, often the newer ones, also use dolphins which have been captured from the wild, perhaps in dolphin drives such as the one at Taiji in Japan, where hundreds are captured and killed. The brutality involved in these drives make their capture even more traumatic. We’re learning more about how social dolphins are, living in complex social and family structures, so again, taking young dolphins away from these groups is going to have a big negative effect.

“As far as SeaWorld goes, they no longer take dolphins from the wild, although they have done in the past. However, their success means that other dolphinariums around the world will need to acquire wild-caught dolphins if they are going to compete.

“The recent film Blackfish which showed how captivity has potentially caused an Orca to kill a trainer is an example of how the animals can be affected.

“But even dolphins bred within a dolphinarium will be animals that need open water – again, the contrast between their natural habitat and the habitat into which they are born is massive.”

As well as the physical restrictions on such animals movement and interaction the use of animals for entertainment is also being questioned heavily now, suggests Mr Mansfield.

Various studies show how a cultural shift in awareness of the ethical issues of making animals perform for entertainment and profit, is at the heart of animal campaigners protests...

“In addition to all the above issues, dolphins and Orcas are made to perform tricks, many of which will not relate to their natural behaviour.... says Care’s CEO.

“The way animals are trained to perform tricks is also under scrutiny. Circus animals, for example, have been seen to be brutalised in order to force them to behave in a certain way. Elephants used for tourist trekking in many countries are physically abused to force them to comply with their handlers.

“The training of dolphins may not be as brutal but if methods such as denying food are used, then the animals will be suffering...

“Aspects of dolphin shows such as ‘beaching’, in which they come completely out of the water, or ‘fin pulls’ where they pull humans along by their dorsal fins are now identified as being potentially harmful. Other aspects of shows however, such as balancing balls on their noses, are also being questioned.

"Do we actually have the right to demand animals to do this for the sake of our entertainment?”


Charity News every weekday
Written and edited in London and Geneva All Xperedon news articles are original and are written by the Xperedon news team. The team is headed in the UK by Alan Cole, an experienced award-winning journalist and copywriter. Alan has previously worked in-house for UK publishers, Pearson Media (Financial Times) and Northcliffe Newspapers, among others, and is an accredited member of the National Union of Journalists, UK.

Send us your Charity News Got Something to Share? Send us your charity news articles

If you have some Charity / Philanthropy / Fundraising news you'd like to share with us, or an RSS feed that you would like us to include on www.giving-news.com, please email us your news articles here and we'll take care of the rest.

Follow us on Twitter
We tweet all Xperedon Charity News and retweet the "best of the rest" all day, every weekday

Join the conversation

The number of wild giant pandas has increased nearly 17 per cent over the last decade, an endorsement of conservation programmes, says the World Wildlife Fund.

Panda

03/03/2015

Children’s Hunger Fund dispenses over 22 million meals to children in need during 2014.

CHF-logo

03/03/2015

Health systems throughout the developing world need to be strengthened to prevent another Ebola-style crisis, says Save the Children.

Nina

03/03/2015

One in four people across EU struggling in poverty, reveals charity report, amidst appeals for greater investment in social policies.

Galiza, Spain

02/03/2015

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, is calling for action as rough sleeping in England rises.

houses

27/02/2015

Gates Foundation $29 million award will support foundation efforts to eliminate malaria on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

Fishing-planet

27/02/2015

A UN Security Council briefing has heard how humanitarian organisations continue to help millions of people in Syria, as violence and brutality continues unabated.

Syrian refugees

27/02/2015

Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 per cent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 per cent in 2016, according to a new report by Indiana University's philanthropy school.

Sunset

26/02/2015

Charity backed research helps makes important pancreatic cancer breakthrough.


26/02/2015

Non-profit rescue foundation appeals for funding aid to help prevent further migrant tragedies.

MOAS sea rescue

26/02/2015

A number of community projects in North East England have received a boost courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Jarrow dig

24/02/2015

New research from Mintel has found that of UK consumers who gave money to charity in a three month period, it was those aged 16-24 who gave the second highest amount.

Social impact

24/02/2015

Alzheimer’s Research UK has welcomed a new five-year partnership strategy to combat dementia, including plans to increase research and expand dementia friendly communities.

Sunset

23/02/2015

UN agencies step up humanitarian relief operations in Ukraine, delivering 62 metric tons of aid supplies to Donetsk region.

UNICEF-Ukraine aid

20/02/2015

The Central African Republic’s transitional parliament should adopt a draft law establishing a Special Criminal Court to investigate human rights abuses, say 19 Central African and International groups.

CAR

20/02/2015

One in four parents are persuaded to give to charity by their children, reveals new charity sector research.

Philanthropy

20/02/2015

Subscribe to the Weekly Newsletter

Receive a weekly round up of News from Xperedon, delivered to your inbox.

   
 
 
   

$3 million donation for science education centre and STEM teacher training as part of innovative non-profit partnership.

Philanthropy

07/01/2015

An independent school in the USA is celebrating after receiving an estate donation of $19 million from an anonymous benefactor.

Fishing for donors

30/12/2014

Founder of charity working in one of the world’s poorest countries says it’s food, clothes and education that destitute children need this Christmas not toys.

Orphans helped by CONTESA

08/12/2014

Free online education provider offers Internet course to help combat Ebola virus.


19/11/2014

Sport for development, health and education non-profits have been recognised for their work in India delivering vital services, via the 2014 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Yogendra Bhushan

22/10/2014

Fundraising campaign launched by the Dalai Lama Foundation for a multimedia project celebrating the life and works of the 14th Dalai Lama.

 Dalai Lama

13/10/2014

Figure skaters from an innovative non-profit org combining ice skating with academic training are playing a starring role at the opening of the Rockefeller ice rink in New York.

The Rink Rockefeller Center

10/10/2014

Research into the impact of an educational computer game is one of six projects receiving funding to investigate the value of neuroscience as an aid to teaching and learning in schools.

Denis Mareschal

09/10/2014

Annual awareness event calls for joint efforts to make the internet a safer and better place for children and young people.

mobile phone

10/02/2015

British nature charity welcomes natural capital report that suggests investment in nature will support the country’s economic growth.

Morning Mist

27/01/2015

New York-based family foundation, JM Kaplan Fund, launches innovation prize to boost social entrepeneurs, including environmental and human rights projects.

JM-Kapland-Fund

15/01/2015

Environmental campaigners call for urgent action as UK Environmental Audit Committee identifies need to improve air pollution controls in UK.

Sky

10/12/2014

As UN talks get underway, environmental and development charities are calling on leaders to deliver a solid and financially supported plan of action on climate change: to protect civilian populations and especially the world's poorest countries.

solar

01/12/2014

Pew environment group praises protections for ecologically important crustaceans.

Emperor penguins

03/11/2014

Maintain the UK's solar energy revolution say environmental charities and renewable energy groups.

Sunset

09/10/2014

Six million people have signed an environmental charity's petition calling for a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and a ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic.

iceberg

02/10/2014

A charity-backed online petition calling on Prince William to support a campaign to end dolphin drives at Taiji in Japan, has reached 100,000 signatures.

Dolphin campaigners

29/01/2015

US research into the annual Giving Tuesday fundraising event shows the charity initiative has taken off online.

Fishing-planet

28/01/2015

Following data showing a surge in online giving in the latter part of 2014, tech specialists are urging charities to make use of smart fundraising technology.

Online

30/12/2014

Charities could take advantage of increased donations online this Christmas by focusing on user-friendly websites and secure online donation processing, suggests a festive fundraising report.


17/12/2014

Free online education provider offers Internet course to help combat Ebola virus.


19/11/2014

Lottery funds awarded to charity to help digitally excluded people with sight or hearing impairments, to gain access to online skills and everyday technology.

RNIB logo

24/09/2014

Innovative research project assessing the problem of youth homelessness is one of the winners of the 2014 UK Google Impact Challenge.

Centrepoint

11/08/2014

Sustained growth in online charity donations, year on year, confirms how online donations technology is vital.

Keyboard giving

01/08/2014