recent report by the US-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
tracking 43 dolphins exported from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine found
that half had perished in captivity and 9 had to be returned to Russia.
Indeed, other research has shown that this 50% fatality rate of
dolphins in captivity is typical. In February 2010, Ukrainian officials
announced that two dolphinariums would be shut down owing to massive
The marine mammals were being kept in 16-meter pools
where they became highly susceptible to bacterial pneumonia and
septicemia, the most frequent cause of death for confined dolphins.
Turkey, four dolphinarium deaths within just one week of in the
Mediterranean resort town of Alanya caused an international tour
operator to cancel visits to the site.
While there is no exact
count of total dolphins in captivity, they number in the thousands, with
return to the wild rarely possible. Supreme Master Television spoke
with Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist for The Humane Society of
the United States, who explained the horrendous methods used to capture
dolphins and other cetaceans.Dr. Rose (f):
is another method of collecting dolphins from the wild, it is to hunt,
and the dolphins that are not selected to be sold alive are killed.
VOICE: Moreover, being held in captivity inflicts many psychological harms upon the marine animals.Dr. Rose (f):
It’s the same four walls, and there is nothing new in, inside them, day
after day after day so it must be terribly, terribly boring for them,
and boredom is stressful; it can in fact kill you, it’s so stressful. It
can lead to depression, it can lead to high blood pressure, it can lead
to all sorts of physiological changes.Dr. Rose (f):
Proponents of captivity try to portray that they feed their whales, you
know, great food 3 times a day, whatever it is, as a benefit of
But they become unhealthy, they become lethargic,
some of them become depressed. They have their groceries delivered at
the door, and they get ill, and they die young.
Yes, all of these things are provided for them, but it takes away their reason for living. It takes away their purpose.
Dr. Rose, we thank you for your valuable insights and send our
gratitude to the Humane Society of the United States as well as all
organizations, individuals and governments working to safeguard the
dolphins and other marine mammals. Let us cherish these divine creations
in their natural state of freedom so that we can continue to receive
their gifts of love, grace and beauty.
As part of her frequent
efforts to safeguard the welfare of all beings, Supreme Master Ching Hai
spoke of the need to respect our animal co-inhabitants during an
October 2008 videoconference in Thailand.Supreme Master Ching Hai:
We should not allow any more of this cruel practice. Buddha would never
allow this. Jesus would never allow this. None of the Master of the
Buddhas would allow this. So, they belong to nature, the elephants or
the wild animals. They should stay there.
We should not continue
forcing more free beings into cramped and suffocated environment. That
is not correct. That is not natural to them. That is not intended from
We have to act like a human. We must be noble and kind and we take care of the wild as much as we canSupreme Master Ching Hai:
No meat, no animals product, then you can see.
will return to a more peaceful, abundance because Heaven is merciful.
And we have to start to be merciful like Heaven, then we can experience
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