Cetaceans

Cetaceans, what is that? A majority of people have never heard this word before.

Description of Cetaceans: are aquatic mammals constituting the infraorder Cetacea. There are around 89 living species, which are divided into two parvorders. The first is the Odontoceti, the toothed whales, which consist of around 70 species, including the dolphin, porpoise, beluga whale, narwhal, sperm whale, and beaked whale.

According to WWF and other marine biologists, Cetaceans are Facing a multitude of hazards.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are succumbing to new and ever-increasing dangers. Collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear threaten the North Atlantic right whale with extinction, while the Critically Endangered Western North Pacific gray whale is at serious risk because of intensive oil and gas development in its feeding grounds.

Alarm is also growing over other hazards including toxic contamination, the effects of climate change and habitat degradation.

It’s illegal, but it still happens: commercial whaling

Despite a moratorium on commercial whaling and the declaration of virtually the whole of the Southern Ocean as a whale sanctuary, each year over 1,000 whales are killed for the commercial market.

This is why we need appropriate aquariums for these cetaceans. We need to have a safe haven for them, where they are not going to be hunted down or used as entertainment. We have conservative/Protected lands for our land wildlife.

Why can’t we have the same for the Cetaceans, by making a barrier big enough to protect while also not damaging the environment, yet given them plenty of room. We have the technology to do this for them.

Because as we well know hunters will NEVER STOP. We have to start somewhere to save the lives of aquatic life.

Letter To Abe Shinzo: Prime Minister Of Japan

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo,

I am writing in regards to the cruelty currently taking place at the New Yashima Aquarium amongst others, located in Takamatsu, Japan. For more than 8 years aquatic animals have had to endure a life of cruel small enclosures, dirty tanks and trainers treating them as mere items. Recently, I have received photo evidence of a trainer riding one of the dolphins as a surfboard in full Power Ranger costume. This type of incident is not how any animal should be treated. Even still there is also video evidence of dolphins smashing their head into the glass of the tank. These animals are not happy nor are they stable. They are agitated, stressed and even depressed. These animals need to be released to a rescue group that has the ability to rehabilitate them. So they can go back into the wild and be with the rest of the pods. Keeping animals for entertainment purposes is not how we protect or conserve their lives. It becomes more about greed and franchising. When it should be about education, protection as well as repopulating the species. I believe Japan has lost sight of this and now is the time to change that for the better of both human and animal life.

Please consider urging the rightful authorities to investigate and shut down the aquariums in question. While also releasing the animals to PETA-Asia.

Aquariums that need investigation:

New Yashima
Inubosaki Marine Park
Enoshima Aquarium

All of which have evidence of abuse. That can be found online via Youtube and the review sections on Google. I have included these links and photos.

I have also included with this letter petition signatures. I hope you will consider hearing our plea to help the animals at these aquariums and parks.

Thank you for your time

Regards
Mrs. Mary Robbins

Mrs. Robbins has been working diligently to get authorities to investigate these parks and aquariums in question. We are working with her to see that these places become investigated and closed.

Japan Officials Blocking Help

Removing animals from situations like this can be extremely difficult. PETA Asia’s current campaign to see the release of Honey the dolphin, 46 penguins and other animals from Inubosaki Marine Park in Japan, has been met with silence from Japanese officials.

When Government officials stay silent and do not accept the help of organizations this leaves animals in extreme danger. This also makes these officials look complicit in the cruelty being conducted.

The situation with Honey the dolphin and the 46 penguins and the other animals, at the Inubosaki Marine Park. Is a tragic event of abandonment after it closed earlier in the year. According to PETA-Asia, Former employees are reportedly feeding the animals, but Honey has been left imprisoned in a tiny, filthy pool with green, cloudy water, and penguins have been spotted in unsafe enclosures littered with debris.

Read more information here, Honey the Dolphin.

Government officials should not turn a blind eye or deaf ear to organizations and individuals who are willing to do everything to help. Especially when those lives can expire from either malnutrition and unkempt facilities.

Although, former employees are doing their best to keep the animals fed they have no way of keeping the area clean. Like the New Yashima Aquarium animals, They need to be relocated into a rehabilitation, facility so they can return to their natural habitat.

PETA-Asia is on standby

Although, we have rehabilitation and release options available and ready to go for Honey, thus far we have not been granted access for even a marine expert to examine her. The authorities have not viewed this issue with any urgency as the Marine Park has still employed carers to care for the animals. The fact Honey has remained there alone for so long is overlooked by authorities.  

As we know dolphins are pod animals and like humans without social interaction action, social beings can go mad with loneliness. This situation is too dire for officials to continuously ignore.

Currently, Honey has been exhibiting signs of agitation and distress. Which is dangerous for marine animals as they have a tendency to smash themselves into their glass tanks. As a community, we must urge the officials to release these animals into the care of PETA and other rescues, before this situation becomes irreversible.

When you go onto PETA’s website please sign the letter and if you are in that area, we urge for a peaceful protest to release the animals from the Marine Park.

Every action taken is a step towards their freedom.

Please be aware that any hostility will set everything backwards. Always be diplomatic and peaceful.

New Yashima Aquarium: More Evidence

More cruelty evidence of New Yashima Aquarium.

Testimony and Reviews found –

Sign the petition: Shut Down Yashima Aquarium

Pictures courtesy of public submission.

Please follow the Facebook page: Ningyo La Mar d’Aprop for further information on other corrupt aquariums and how you can help stop them.

Additional Photos:

From 2016 – Twitter Photo Credit Black Cove