Why Will Swimming With Dolphins Perpetuate Dolphin Slaughter?_Featured_, Environment Saturday, November 19th, 2011
From Leah Lemieux’s blog:
Dolphins have become one of the world’s most popular and sought-after creatures. Since antiquity, dolphins have possessed a mysterious and compelling allure for humankind, which in recent years has intensified, inspiring everything from New Age fervor, to multi-million dollar theme parks.
In our profit-driven age, suppliers are never far behind demand and having discovered people will eagerly pay exorbitant sums for the opportunity to get close, lucrative captive “Swim with the Dolphins” attractions have sprung up in many tropical vacation destinations, cashing in on the human hunger for close contact with these powerfully charismatic creatures. Enticed and lulled by the promise of proximity, millions of people annually visit aquariums, marine parks and dolphin-swim venues, eager to caress that shining skin and perhaps glimpse what lingers behind the dolphins’ curving, archaic smile.
Rekindling the Waters: The Truth About Swimming with Dolphins is an intimate and intelligent expose, illuminating the unexpected dark side of this increasingly controversial phenomenon, revealing a lucrative industry rife with cruelty. In taking a closer look, the shocking truth reveals how a whimsical or well-earned holiday excursion to swim with captive dolphins can support horrendous suffering—and even the outright killing of these beloved and beleaguered creatures—all purposely kept hidden and secret from the public.
Toward the later half of the book, an examination of the latest scientific research regarding dolphin behavior, intelligence, self-awareness and culture is also presented, and this rich and diverse evidence raises dynamic ethical questions, eliciting a call for change in the way we regard and treat our fellow beings.
Rekindling the Waters: The Truth About Swimming with Dolphins is essential reading for anyone who cares about dolphins, the oceans they live in and this planet we all share.