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Action Alert: Help Stop Traveling Dolphin Show in Trinidad
Sample letter provided. Please send a letter TODAY!
Source: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project

The infamous traveling dolphin show ?Water Land/Mundo Marino? has shown up in Trinidad, featuring three bottlenose dolphins. This is the same Water Land that The Dolphin Project chased down back in 1997, resulting in the documentation of the tragic death of the Black Sea dolphin named ?Cheryl.? In the spring of 2001, MadreSelva of Guatemala City and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) launched a campaign to rescue Ariel and Turbo, the two dolphins that were abandoned in the middle of the night by Water Land in the mountains of Santa Lucia, Guatemala.

In Ariel and Turbo's case, we were able to convince the authorities that dolphins don?t belong in a substandard tank, performing circus tricks for tourists as part of a traveling menagerie. Thanks to all of you who sent letters to the Guatemalan authorities, the dolphins were rescued from certain death and regained their health and their freedom. But Water Land has more dolphins, and we need your help once again.

This is how Water Land operates: The dolphins are transported by truck and airplane to various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. At each destination the dolphins are put in a crude dolphin tank, which is nothing but a hole in the ground inserted with a plastic liner and filled with city water, bags of salt, and gallons of chlorine. For the following many weeks, the dolphins have to perform tricks with loud disco music blasting away in a hot circus tent. When there is no more money to be made in one city, the dolphins are put in coffin-like boxes and transported to another location where a new hole in the ground awaits them. At the moment, Water Land has set up their dolphin show right behind Pizza Hut in Gulf View, La Romaine.

For more information on the situation in Trinidad, please read this article:
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/News.asp?mylink=2002-07-12\News\Water%20Land%20denies%20dolphin%20abuse%20charges.htm&mydate=2002-07-12&mypage=News

A public outcry is the dolphins only hope. Please send a letter to the persons listed below, urging them to confiscate the dolphins.

Please send your letter to:

  • Honorable Patrick Manning Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister White Hall,
    Queen Park West Port of Spain Trinidad, West Indies
    Phone: 868-622-1625
    Fax: 868-622-0055
    Email: opm@ttgov.gov.tt

  • Honorable John Rahael Minister of
    Land and Marine Resources
    PO Box 389
    St. Clair Circle, St. Clair
    Phone: 1-868-622-1221
    Fax: 1-868-622-8202
    Email: ministeragriculture@tstt.net.tt

    Please send a copy to Dolphinproject@bellsouth.net

    Thank you so much for your help.
    Helene O'Barry
    www.dolphinproject.org

    Sample letter:

    It has come to my attention that the controversial traveling dolphin show Water Land is now operating in Trinidad. Water Land is known by the international animal welfare community as the last traveling dolphin show and is clearly the most abusive dolphin show in the world. The dolphins are transported by truck and airplane to various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. At each destination the dolphins are put in a crude dolphin tank, which is nothing but a hole in the ground inserted with a plastic liner and filled with city water, bags of salt, and gallons of chlorine. For the following many weeks, the dolphins have to perform tricks with loud disco music blasting away in a hot circus tent.

    In 1997, a film crew inspected Water Land when they were operating in Venezuela. The dolphins were very sick, and the show had to be cancelled. When the dolphins wouldn't eat and refused to perform, they were force-fed. Just a few weeks later, one of the dolphins died from heart failure. Water Land tried to cover up the dolphin?s death by claiming the dolphin had never existed. All of this is documented on video.

    In the spring of 2001, Water Land abandoned two dolphins in the mountains of Santa Lucia, Guatemala, after the Guatemalan authorities discovered that some of Water Land?s paper work had been falsified. When animal rescue workers from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) inspected Water Land?s operation, they were chocked to find that the dolphins were kept in a small, filthy tank with no filtration system. The dolphins had not eaten in 10 days and were severely dehydrated. It created a public outcry when it was discovered that Water Land had simply left the helpless dolphins in the mountains to starve to death.

    Dolphins are free-ranging and highly intelligent marine mammals. They do not belong in a substandard tank, performing circus tricks for tourists as part of a traveling menagerie. No one should be allowed to profit from the misery of these animals. On the grounds of extreme animal cruelty, I hereby urge you to confiscate the dolphins.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you regarding this urgent matter.

    Sincerely,
    Your name & contact information