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ACTION ALERT: Winter the Dolphin Needs A Better Quality of Life! PLEASE SIGN !

Animals  (tags: winter, dolphins, suffering, captivity, imprisoned, living conditions, welfare )

- 2434 days ago -
We feel that the standards of care for Winter are now lacking: she is being exploited and her well-being is in jeopardy. As an injured dolphin in a rehab facility, Winter should not be made to do a presentation/show/act on a daily basis 3 times a day.

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Simone D (1462)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 8:23 pm
Petition letter-

Provide better living conditions for Winter, Nicholas and Hope

We feel that the standards of care for Winter, Nicholas and Hope can and should be improved at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It is understood that they are not candidates for release back into the wild. Yet simple changes can greatly improve the lives of these wild animals in captivity without costing much money.

Standards of care for Winter are now lacking: she is being exploited and her well-being is in jeopardy. As an injured dolphin in a rehab facility, Winter should not be required to do a presentation/show/act on a daily basis 3 times a day, 7 days a week.

Wild animals in captivity are subject to high levels of stress. To reduce stress, Winter should have access to all the pools at all times, allowing her the opportunity to get away from the public if she chooses.

She needs her floating foam pad for her to rest. A person that cannot ambulate is given a wheelchair. Please give Winter her mat. She sits on her tail at the ledge of the doors off and on all day. Then, her tail is given physical manipulation which must be causing her pain. She would not be sitting on her tail looking for a place to rest if she had her floating mat.

Nicholas' pool needs algae removal and a place for him to be out of the direct sun. As a rescued dolphin who has sunburned marks on his head, getting a shade tarp for him should be priority number one. Raising the trainers' platforms for dolphins that are exposed to the elements, will provide temporary refuge until the $12M facility is being built. Dolphins are very social and Nicholas being alone in a pool by himself is also not conducive to his well being.

Last but not least, Hope also needs a shade cover. It's understandable that due to her young age, she cannot be permanently placed with other dolphins. Opportunities for socialization with other dolphins in the Aquarium should also be a priority.

Please make sure that these rescued dolphins are provided the best care possible by Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


Regina P (67)
Monday October 17, 2011, 12:43 am
Noted & signed #58. Thank you

Monday October 17, 2011, 12:44 am
S@N with hope
Thank you, Simone

Andrea Nemec (213)
Monday October 17, 2011, 12:57 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Constance F (418)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:49 am
Signed, Thank you.

Danuta W (1250)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:56 am
Noted. Thank you

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday October 17, 2011, 2:32 am
What a miserable existence. Noted and signed thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 6:28 am
116, tu

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Monday October 17, 2011, 8:39 am
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 10:54 am
There is a legal problem with this petition. As many of you must have seen by now, the author of the petition didn't bother to check her facts, and decided to skip the most important step of writing a petition: Contact the intended recipient(s) and exhaust all available remedies BEFORE composing a petition. When you make a petition, even on a site like this, you open yourself up to the possibility of legal action if you miss-state facts or don't exhaust remedies. Also, the way a petition is written is imperative for success. This petition is well-written, but I'm sure many of you have seen the scores of petitions on this and other sites that look like they were written by an 8-year old. A petition like that has zero chance of success.

A pause must be given this petition now to carefully check facts and consult with experts in the field.

Sanja T (154)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:20 pm
noted... and signed

Alison A (244)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:26 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Simone.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 3:16 pm
already signed and shared, thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:49 pm
ow the petition has ended

Anne Settanni (152)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 8:12 pm
the petition is already closed :(

Terry King (113)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 8:49 pm
Even though the petition has ended we can all agree to boycott all animal based attractions!

. (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:10 pm
I wanted to sign the petition too :(( - but banning animal attractions is important too thanks Simone

Jerry B (128)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:44 pm
Noted Petition closed oh well ..thanks Simone!

Alicia F (25)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 10:27 pm
I noted this too. Kind of curious why it closed so quickly! :(

Dorota Wisniewska (17)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 4:46 am
unable to sign..the time period for the petition has ended...

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 10:03 am
Already signed and noted, thank you!

John W. (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 2:10 pm
This fraudulent petition was taken down from a previous site as it was completely baseless and untrue. The author has left the scene as she knows it was fraudulent. Any further distribution will be monitored by CMA Counsel. CMA saves animals, it doesn’t abuse them. Winter is not cowering in the corner in this video, it is one of the things she does to have fun with guests. She is the most cared for animal in the world, and is visible to the public 24/7 at CMA or via webcams. See for yourself, but please stop inadvertently spreading a lie about the marvelous work CMA does saving marine life. Every animal they save is returned to the wild if it will survive.
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