Dolphinaris is a concrete dolphin prison in the middle of the blistering hot Arizona desert located on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale that lets people swim and play with the inmates in small pools near a busy freeway. The Mexico-based company Ventura Entertainment is opening the facility, the first of its kind in the United States — and we hope the last! Needless to say, this is not a place for dolphins and over 150 people protested this archaic water circus on today to bring awareness and give a voice to the victims.
More than 150,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the facility. The petition states that dolphins “are not meant to spend their precious lives in the Arizona desert nor should they be treated like domesticated animals.” Please sign the petition!
Dolphins and whales held in captivity are particularly susceptible to respiratory infections, and many die every year from health complications. Of particular concern is the possibility that dolphins will get Valley fever, a fungal infection that sickens many humans and animals every year in the area.
But even putting the health risks to dolphins aside, people have been seriously injured during such experiences — dolphins have bitten and scratched people with their sharp teeth, pulled swimmers underwater, and even exhibited sexually aggressive behavior— typical of animals living in cruel and unnatural conditions such as at Dolphinaris.
We urge visitors and the general public to please boycott and not attend this for-profit criminal enterprise and instead stand with the dolphins so that they may be saved from a lifetime of indentured servitude and live out their lives in a sanctuary.
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