Las Vegas is 300 miles from the nearest ocean, yet that hasn’t stopped a popular casino from importing and imprisoning dolphins on its property as a way of entertaining its guests.
The Mirage Hotel and Casino’s “Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat” is anything but natural–the intelligent marine mammals spend day after day trapped in a shallow concrete pool next to a highway doing tricks for tourists.
The location forces the dolphins to breathe in fumes and smog without protection desert heat or the winter snow. As a result, seventy-five percent of these captive creatures die prematurely from respiratory infections.
One would think that dead dolphins would be bad for business, but the Mirage just keeps on restocking the “Death Pools” with more innocent animals.
ACT NOW: Put An End To Dolphin Death Pools In Las Vegas
Despite multiple appeals to the National Marine Fisheries Service and USDA to revoke the Mirage’s permits, this cycle of abuse and death has been allowed to continue for decades, leading to the deaths of 14 different dolphins since the exhibit opened in 1990. Five of the dolphins were stillborns or died shortly after birth.
Jacques Cousteau, world famous marine biologist, once said “No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.”
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Image: A captive dolphin waits in a side pool at Siegfried & Roy's "Secret Garden" wildlife habitat in the Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Credit: Flickr - Dan4th