To speak up for dolphins confined in swimming pools in Australia, please sign the below petition addressed to Mr Niall Blair, the minister in charge of dolphin protection in NSW.
The petition will be presented to Minister Blair’s office when we reach 100,000 signatures.
To: Department of Primary Industries
Attention: The Hon. Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries
Dear Mr Blair,
Dolphin Marine Magic, located in Coffs Harbour, is one of only two dolphin parks in Australia. As NSW Minister for Primary Industries, you are responsible for this park.
There is strong evidence that Dolphin Marine Magic does not fully comply with NSW animal welfare standards as written. As evidence presented to your department clearly demonstrates, the dolphin show pool and seal pool do not meet the standards as laid out. Your department has issued a legal “variation” to the park so that it can operate with a show pool that is too small.
Furthermore, the park continues to offer direct contact between dolphins and the public, including kisses and hugs.
The NSW Dolphin Standards are 20 years old, and out of date with what we now know about the welfare requirements of dolphins.
As an Australian Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare report noted in 1985, dolphins in captivity have “suffered stress, behavioural abnormalities, high mortalities, decreased longevity and breeding problems”.
Dolphin captivity has already been banned, or legislative reform is underway, in the UK, Switzerland, Canada and the US.
I call on you to take action now to end dolphin captivity in NSW, and retire NSW’s captive dolphins to an ocean sanctuary.