45-Year-Old Dolphin Recovering from Cancer Forced to Perform in Aquatic Park

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Would You Want to Perform with Cancer?

While many people enjoy watching these beautiful sea creatures perform their incredible water acrobatics, it seems one water park in Australia is pushing the boundaries of animal welfare. At Dolphin Marine Magic, Bucky, a 45 year-old dolphin in cancer remission is still made to perform in demeaning entertainment shows twice a day, 365 days a year. While the tourist park says it promotes conservation, there is strong evidence to suggest that it’s in violation of its exhibit license.

A Rehab and Rescue Facility?

Dolphin Marine Magic says it’s functioning as a rehab and rescue facility. But the park admits it lacks the space to take in sick or injured dolphins—a legal requirement under the NSW Dolphin Standards. Even the dolphin’s pool size falls well short of legal specifications. Which begs the question: why does Dolphin Marine Magic still allow dolphins to breed in its park, an activity that ensures whole new generations of dolphins to be born into captivity.

A Lifetime of Exploitation

While two of the dolphins at the park were originally rescued from the wild, another four have been bred into a lifetime of exploitation. These beautiful sea creatures are forced to perform in demeaning shows, swim with and kiss strangers, and even give members of the public “rides.” Underscoring this exploitation is simple greed. The Australian recently published an expose of Dolphin Marine Magic as being “driven by profit, not conservation.” The park’s CEO Paige Sinclair, responded by saying, “Every park in Australia that has any sort of animal would use it for conservation research, but also to entertain.”

Existing License Violated, New License Issued

While evidence suggests that Dolphin Marine Magic has violated the conditions set forth in its existing license, the park has been issued a new license, allowing it to continue operations for another year. All the more reason to make a stand. Please sign the petition asking the NSW Department of Primary Industries to take responsibility for the welfare of captive dolphins, and ensure that Dolphin Marine Magic meets the dolphin exhibition standards. If not, it should revoke the park’s license.

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97 comments

Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine Aabout a year ago

Send him to a sanctuary!

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Neville B.
Neville B2 years ago

Awful.

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl4 years ago

Toni W., a break ain´t enough, they should leave the poor dolphin alone!!!

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl4 years ago

Signed before, poor dolphin, no wild animal belongs in captivity, but the worst conditions are those ijn which dolphins and whales are kept, only small bassins, and then they´re forced to perform, probably by starving them for several days, the only thing I know´s that they get drugs and tranquilzers, that´s mean and has to be stopped, all people should boycott Sea World & Co!!!

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Teresa Fazackerley

signed, thank you

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Toni W.
Toni W4 years ago

Petition signed - thank you for sharing! Please give this dolphin a break - he/she needs to rest and recuperate! Humans do!

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Teresa Fazackerley

thank you

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sandra vito
Sandra Vito4 years ago

firmado

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Jp Jp
Jp Jp4 years ago

We don't need animals to ever perform for our entertainment! Observing them living and thriving in their most natural environment is more then enough enjoyment!

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Henriette Matthijssen

Petition signed!

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