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Ligue des Familles : un concours pour aller voir les dauphins de Bruges !

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La prison aquatique de Bruges. Plus de 20 dauphins sont morts sous ce dôme.


Le Ligueur  lance aujourd’hui un concours qui permettra à des familles de 4 personnes d’aller voir d’autres familles psychiquement détruites au delphinarium de Bruges.

Le Ligueur est le journal de la Ligue des Familles, une honorable organisation belge qui "défend des propositions politiques de soutien à la parentalité, encourage des solidarités collectives entre citoyenparents et permet des échanges d’expériences individuelles de parents". Nul doute qu’elle ne s’applique à cette mission avec zèle et efficacité.

 

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Roxanne et Bruce, mort au bout de 4 jours

La delphine Roxanne et son bébé seront certainement les vedettes de cette belle visite offerte par  Le Ligueur.
Quel spectacle émouvant ! Quelle tendre maman ! Quel mignon delphineau !

Mais sait-on que Roxanne fut arachée à sa famille dans le Golfe du Mexique en 1988, qu’elle a vu ses frères mourir l’un après l’autre après la capture et que d’innombrables grossesses lui ont été imposées, années après années, car "quand un dauphin naît, cela veut dire que les dauphins sont heureux" mais surtout qu’ils font grimper le chiffre d’affaires.

Heureuse ?
Roxanne a aussi vu mourir Flo, sa fille bien-aimée décédée à 13 ans en 2010. Elle a vu partir à jamais ses enfants Gorki, Luna et Marco, expédiés vers d’autres prisons aquatiques. Elle a perdu Iggy, Simo, puis ses jumeaux en 2011 et enfin Bruce, mort à l’âge de 3 jours en 2012.

Quant au bébé qui vient de naître, s’il survit, il finira à son tour par être expédié à jamais loin de sa mère. Chez les dauphins libres comme chez nous, les contacts familiaux persistent toute la vie et les mères font le deuil de leur enfant mort…

NOTE 3 juin 2014 : le petit dauphin est mort au bout d’une semaine.

 

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Yotta : une fausse couche a failli la tuer. A-t-elle eu d’autres bébés morts depuis, que l’on nous aurait caché ?

 

Comment la Ligue des Familles peut-elle encourager un tel  spectacle ? Des dauphins blêmes, malades, drogués, souvent inséminés et maintenus toute leur vie sous un dôme dans une piscine chlorée d’où l’on ne voit le soleil qu’à travers des vitres ?

Comment peut-elle encourager une industrie esclavagiste qui désinforme systématiquement les enfants sur la vraie nature des dauphins et leur fait croire qu’ils sont de gentils toutous saluant de la nageoire ?

Une organisation aussi soucieuse de parentalité devrait proposer au contraire les voyages éco-responsables, où des familles humaines pourraient s’émerveiller du bonheur d’autres familles cétacées, nageant libres et joyeuses dans un océan sans limite.

Les opérateurs de whale-watching respectueux, animés par des scientfiques, ne manquent pourtant pas en Europe, tout près de chez nous.  Voilà un beau cadeau de concours que la Ligue aurait pu offrir !

 

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Grands dauphins à Cherbourg. Photo Florent GECC

Les dauphins sont des êtres sensibles et supérieurement intelligents. Ils aiment leurs enfants autant que nous et leurs liens familiaux sont d’une intensité extrême.
Merci à la Ligue de respecter cela à l’avenir !

 

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A Bruges, 4 dauphins sur 4 ont été capturés en mer.

Site du concours :

https://www.laligue.be/leligueur/concours/concours-236-gagnez-un-de-nos-6-packs-famille-pour-le-boudewijn-seapark

Dix bonnes raisons de ne pas aller dans un delphinarium :

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/10-bonnes-raisons-de-ne-pas-se-rendre-dans-un-delphinarium/

Les dauphins ne jouentpas au ballon !

http://www.dhnet.be/actu/belgique/les-dauphins-ne-jouent-pas-au-ballon-53af89bf3570c0e74345931d

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Beachie à Bruges, malade des bronches à cause du chlore


Coupe du Monde : des dauphins jouent au foot tous les jours !

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A l’heure où le Mundial sature tous les médias, rappelons que les humains ne sont pas les seuls à jouer au ballon.
Des dauphins le font aussi, 2 ou 3 fois par jour, sous la contrainte de la faim et du dressage, lors de shows de cirque obscènes.

Rien qu’en Europe, dans 15 pays de l’Union, 34 delphinariums enferment plus de 300 petits cétacés, orques, dauphins, bélugas et marsouins. Ces mammifères marins nés pour l’océan libre alimentent une industrie du loisir formidablement lucrative.

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Il suffirait pourtant de modifier deux Directives européennes pour interdire à jamais ce marché criminel, qui se développe aujourd’hui dans le monde entier au prix de grandes souffrances.

Afin d’exiger de l’Union Européenne qu’elle mette fin aux delphinariums, une manifestation spectaculaire se tiendra au pied de l’Atomium le 28 juin 2014 à 14heures.

Ric O’Barry, ex-dresseur de dauphin Flipper et acteur principal du film «The Cove» sera présent en Belgique à cette occasion.

 

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Infos complémentaires :

http://freedolphinsbelgium.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/pour-une-europe-sans-delphinariums-manifestation-a-bruxelles/

 

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Photo 1 :
En mer, aucun dauphin ne joue au ballon. Pourquoi montrer cela aux enfants ?
Ici, à Duisburg. Ivo, le joueur de foot, a été capturé en mer. Il a survécu à l’enfer du delphinarium d’Anvers avant d’échouer en Allemagne.

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Photo 2 :
Le delphinarium de Bruges est contraint par un avis de la Commission du Bien-être Animal d’élargir ses installations et de renforcer l’enrichissement environnemental de ses captifs. Au lieu de quoi, il acquiert aussitôt deux nouveaux dauphins et laisse mourir le vieux Beachie, malade des poumons et à moitié fou.
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Photo 3 :
Cette orque du Marineland d’Antibes a les dents brisées à force de ronger les barreaux de sa cage. Il s’agit de Wikie, la mère de Moana (née par insémination artificielle) et de Keijo (né de l’inceste).

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Photo Hellen


A propos de la manifestation de 2013 :

http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/rue89-planete/2013/06/15/dauphins-orques-belugas-liberons-les-cetaces-captifs-243203

 

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POUR UNE EUROPE SANS DELPHINARIUMS : MANIFESTATION A BRUXELLES

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Le 28 juin 2014, une vaste manifestation se tiendra à Bruxelles pour exiger l’interdiction des delphinariums en Europe.

Cet évènement réunira des centaines de défenseurs des dauphins venus des quatre coins du monde. Ils se rassembleront au pied de l’Atomium autour de Ric O’Barry, l’ancien dresseur de Flipper, et réclameront comme l’an dernier l’abolition de l’esclavage des cétacés en Europe.

Aujourd’hui, 15 pays membres de l’Union Européenne abritent 34 delphinariums qui exhibent plus de 300 petits cétacés, orques, bélugas, dauphins et marsouins. Ces établissements vendent des spectacles de cirque aux enfants et des séances payantes de photos, de contacts, de delphinothérapie ou de nage avec les dauphins. Aucun zoo n’agit ainsi et pourtant, ces entreprises commerciales sont considérés comme des zoos par la loi.

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L’Annexe A de la Directive No.338/97  du Conseil de l’Europe interdit en principe tout usage commercial de ces mammifères marins.
Mais une exception existe dans ce texte qui permet leur importation pour des motifs scientifiques, éducatifs ou à des fins de conservation. Il faut rayer cet article car les delphinariums n’apportent rien en termes de science, de pédagogie ou de protection de l’espèce.

 

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La Directive EC 1999/22 exige par ailleurs qu’un environnement aussi proche que possible des conditions de vie en milieu naturel soit fourni à l’animal de zoo. Les plus récentes études scientifiques nous apprennent à cet égard qu’il est strictement IMPOSSIBLE de fournir à des cétacés le moindre équivalent de la vie libre dans l’océan. Rien ne peut imiter le vent, les vagues, les algues, les poissons, l’espace immense ou la pression des profondeurs. Rien ne peut remplacer le bonheur de chasser ensemble et de voyager loin. Rien ne peut remplacer les sociétés complexes et conviviales de ces peuples marins dotés d’une haute intelligence et d’une profonde sensibilité.

 

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Le fait de maintenir en activité ces attractions si lucratives encourage aujourd’hui les pays émergents (Chine, Moyen Orient, Iran, Irak, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thaïlande, etc.) à ouvrir par centaines de nouvelles prisons aquatiques et à multiplier les captures sanglantes au Japon, en Russie, à Cuba, au Mexique ou aux Iles Salomon.

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Aux USA, d’où nous vient cette mode criminelle, le film «Blackfish» fait plier SeaWorld et avec lui, toute l’Industrie de la captivité.
Des écoles refusent d’envoyer leurs enfants au delphinarium, des vedettes de rock boycottent les shows d’orques, des députés proposent des lois bannissant la captivité.

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Il est temps que l’Europe suive le même chemin et qu’elle mette fin une fois pour toutes à cette industrie dégradante, qui insémine les dauphins comme du bétail, les enferme dans des bassins nus et désinforme le public sur la vraie vie des cétacés.

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Informations

Pour mieux comprendre pourquoi et surtout pour qui nous nous battons, la Dolphin Connection a réalisé un ensemble d’articles qui décrivent delphinarium après delphinarium, la situation des cétacés dans chacune des prisons aquatiques qui en détiennent encore. Veuillez noter que ces dossiers sont plus à jour que ce que vous pouvez trouver dans le rapport de la WDC/Born Free daté de 2012.

Participer
http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/manifestation-europeenne-du-28-juin-a-bruxelles-edition-2014/
https://www.facebook.com/events/754282354598398/

Contact
Yvon Godefroid, représentant de la DC en Belgique,  est légalement responsable de cette manifestation, principalement organisée  par Annelies Mullens, avec le puissant soutien de La Dolphin Connection France et l’expertise logistique de Bite Back.
dauphinlibre@gmail.com
La Dolphin Connection-Belgique

A propos de Ric O’Barry
http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/interview-richard-obarry/

 

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Tous les delphinariums d’Europe en 2014

1. Allemagne

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinariums-allemagne-nuremberg-duisburg/

2. Belgique

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/le-delphinarium-boudewijn-seapark-en-belgique/

3. Bulgarie

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinarium-bulgarie/

4. Danemark

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinariums-danemark/

5. Espagne

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinariums-espagne/

6. France

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinariums-france-marineland-antibes-parc-asterix-planete-sauvage/

7. Finlande

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/finlande-le-delphinarium-adventure-park-a-sarkanniemi/

8. Grèce

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinarium-grece/

9. Italie

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/les-delphinariums-en-italie/

10. Lituanie

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinarium-lithuanie/

11. Malte

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/le-delphinarium-de-malte/

12. Pays-Bas

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/dolfinarium-harderwijk-delphinarium-pays-bas/

13. Portugal

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinariums-portugal/

14. Roumanie

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/delphinarium-roumanie/

15. Suède

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/le-delphinarium-kolmarden-djurpark-a-ostergotland-en-suede/

 

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DETAILS PRATIQUES
28 juin 2014: Fermons tous les delphinariums en Europe !

La deuxième manifestation: "Fermons les delphinariums en Europe aura lieu de 14 à 17 heures au pied de l’Atomium à Bruxelles.

atomium-yvon2-6-2012Merci de nous rejoindre !

 

Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir porter des vêtements bleus, de la couleur de l’océan.

Nous commencerons par faire tous ensemble une formation humaine sur le gazon de la place pour écrire le mot «FREE».
Cette performance sera photographiée depuis le haut de l’Atomium pour frapper l’intérêt des média internationaux.

Nous vous demanderons également de garder un silence total tout cetemps (une heure environ), en hommage aux milliers de dauphins et d’autres cétacés morts depuis les années 70 ou qui survivent encore en captivité.

Ensuite, Ric O’Barry (Dolphin Project), Yvon Godefroid (Dauphins Libres/La Dolphin Connection Belgique) et d’autres intervenants européens prendront la parole, devant une foule polyglotte.

Des tracts d’information seront distribués pendant tout ce temps aux touristes du monde entier qui visitent chaque été ce haut lieu de la Belgique, cœur de l’Europe, siège de la Commission Européenne dont l’une des compétences est le bien-être animal.

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Le delphinarium de Bruges

Le lieu :
Atomium square

http://www.atomium.be/getthere.aspx?lang=fr

B-1020 Brussel (Laken)
Tel. +32 (0)2/475.47.75
Fax +32 (0)2/475.47.79
E-mail: info@atomium.be

 

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Pour nous rejoindre en voiture :
1. Prendre la « grande ceinture » de Bruxelles
2. Sortie 8 "Wemmel"
3. Suivre les indications vers l’Atomium"

Par train
1. Descendre à la station Gare Centrale
2. Prendre le métro ligne 1A "Roi Baudouin"
3. Sortir à la station "Heysel"

 

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Pour les personnes qui ne peuvent se tenir debout pendant une heure au soleil (ou sous la pluie ?) en raison de problèmes de santé, nous avons d’autres activités utiles à leur proposer.

Dans tous les cas, votre présence nous est indispensable. Et si, vraiment, vous ne pouvez pas venir aider en personne nos amis les dauphins captifs, soyez gentils, aidez nous autrement :

Nous sommes nombreux à être solidaires de la cause des dauphins. Une manifestation internationale de cette ampleur coûte très cher à organiser. Si vous pouvez ne donner qu’un seul euro, ce serait déjà énorme. Merci d’avance de votre soutien ! Sans vous, nous ne pouvons rien faire.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LWEJL5TGVE76L

Au nom des dauphins, merci !

 (Message original : Annelies Mullens)

japan-dolphin-harderwijkPlus jamais ça.

 

Pour suivre l’info de la manifestation

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/754282354598398/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

http://www.blog-les-dauphins.com/manifestation-europeenne-du-28-juin-a-bruxelles-edition-2014/

http://freedolphinsbelgium.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/pour-une-europe-sans-delphinariums-manifestation-a-bruxelles/

http://freedolphinsbelgium.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/for-a-dolphinaria-free-europe-demonstration-in-brussels-2014/

 

 

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http://endcap.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Dolphinaria_Report_final_French.pdf


For a dolphinaria-free Europe : demonstration in Brussels 2014

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On the 28th of June 2014, an important demonstration will take place in Brussels to demand the closure of all the dolphinaria in Europe.
This event will bring together hundreds of dolphin defenders from all around the world. They will meet at the Atomium around Ric O’Barry, the former trainer of Flipper and main actor of "The Cove", and they will demand – like last year – to urgently stop the slavery of cetaceans in Europe.

 

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Currently, 15 countries within the EU are housing 34 dolphinaria, places that exhibit more than 300 small cetaceans, orcas, belugas, dolphins and porpoises. These places are selling circus shows to children, photo or contact sessions, therapies or «swimming with dolphins» sessions.

Annex A of the Directive No.338/97 of the European Council normally prohibits any commercial use of these marine mammals. But an exception exists in the text, an exception which allows their importation for scientific, educational or conservation purposes. This article should be suppressed, as dolphinaria do not contribute at all to science, education or protection of the species. EC Directive 1999/22 also requires – for all the animals in zoos – an environment that is as close as possible to the conditions of life in their natural environment.

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The most recent scientific research tells us that it is strictly impossible to give those cetaceans the exact same life than the one they have in the ocean. Nothing can imitate the wind, the waves, the algae, the fish, the space or the pressure in the depths. Nothing can replace the joy to be hunting together and to travel far.

Nothing can replace the complex and friendly societies of these marine creatures, with such a high intelligence and a deep sensitivity.
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To keep these lucrative attractions in Europe these days encourages the emerging countries (China, Middle East, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand) to open hundreds of new aquatic prisons and to increase the catches in Japan, Russia, Cuba, Mexico or the Solomon Islands.

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In the US, the film «Blackfish» is shaking SeaWorld and, with it, all the captivity industry. Certain schools refuse to send their kids to the delphinarium, rock stars boycott the shows, members of parliament suggest laws to ban captivity.

It is time for Europe to follow the same path and to put an end, once and for all, to this degrading industry, that inseminates dolphins like cattle, imprisons them in bare tanks and misinforms the public about the real life of cetaceans.

 

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Informations :

https://www.facebook.com/events/754282354598398/

Petition
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/All_dolphinaria_must_be_closed_in_Europe/

 

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Kiska, l’orque folle

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Kiska est une orque solitaire âgée de 42 ans.
Avec la petite Morgan à Ténériffe et Kshamenk en Argentine, elle est le symbole même de toute l’horreur de la captivité, qui frappe aujourd’hui 53 orques dans le monde, et un nombre indéfini d’autres cétacés captifs.
Kiska survit aujourd’hui à sa 37eme année de captivité au Marineland du Canada.

Elle y fut amenée peu de temps après sa capture au large de la côte d’Ingólfshöfði en Islande, à l’âge de 3 ans. Elle eut 5 enfants. Aucun d’entre eux n’a survécu plus de 6 ans. Ils s’appelaient Kanuck, Nova, Hudson, Athéna et Sans Nom, un bébé mâle mort après 62 jours seulement.  Kiska entretenait une relation très étroite avec Nootka, une autre orque femelle détenue depuis longtemps à Marineland mais qui mourut en 2008. Son dernier compagnon, Ike, fut rapatrié en urgence à SeaWorld, du fait des mauvais traitements dont il faisait l’objet au Canada.

Kiska a donc passé les dernières années de sa vie totalement seule, sans même un dauphin pour la distraire.

 

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Krishnan, qui a visité Marineland Ontario le 23 mai dernier, témoigne :
«Elle était seule dans un petit bassin. Elle a nagé en rond pendant une heure entière, tant que j’ai pu l’observer. J’ai parlé à son dresseur. Parfois, m’a-t-il dit, on la déplace dans un bassin adjacent où elle est nourrie et peut être observée sous l’eau. Mais après 20 minutes, elle est ramenée vers son bassin d’origine où aucun abri ne lui permet de s’abriter du soleil. Je l’ai regardée manger du poisson mort et de gélatine (pour compenser le manque d’eau de sa nourriture surgelée) et j’ai vu qu’elle n’avait plus de dents ».

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Krishnan a parlé avec une autre dresseuse de la santé mentale de Kiska.
Il lui a demandé si cette incessante «nage en rond » était un signe d’ennui. La jeune femme a répondu : "Oh non ! Elle est simplement paresseuse".

Alex Dorer, président de l’association Fins et Flukes, a confirmé que les conditions de vie de Kiska ne sont pas améliorées depuis l’année dernière.

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«Ce souvenir me hante encore", a déclaré Dorer. "Voir ainsi cet animal incroyable et magnifique, que j’ai vu traverser des étendues immenses, entouré d’une vaste famille, était une expérience horrible.
Kiska passe ses journées à flotter dans son réservoir sans ami, sans personne, sans que personne ne se soucie d’elle. Aucune enrichissement environnemental (selon le mot consacré des zoos) ne lui est fourni ni la moindre interaction, car on la considère comme potentiellement dangereuse.
Pour un animal aussi profondément social que l’orque, c’est un traitement inacceptable. Vous pouvez ressentir sa douleur rien qu’à la regarder. Je dis souvent aux gens qu’elle est juste la coquille vide de ce qui fut une personne, elle est là physiquement mais elle n’est plus là. Elle s’est effondrée au fond de son propre esprit. Elle a renoncé à tout espoir
».

En octobre 2012, déjà, Christina Santos, une ancienne dresseuse de Kiska avait exprimé son inquiétude à propos de la santé mentale de l’orque dans les colonnes du Toronto Star. Ces préoccupations étaient largement partagées par un autre ancien dresseur, Phil Demers.
Tous deux sont aujourd’hui poursuivis en justice et astreints à payer des amendes de plusieurs millions de dollars par le propriétaire fou du Marineland d’Antibes, l’ignoble John Holer.

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 Libérez Kiska ! 

Sources :
http://freedolphinsbelgium.wordpress.com/category/kiska-orca/
http://www.marinelandindepth.com/2013/07/wild-free-killer-whales-captivity.html

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/picket-planned-on-saturday-for-marineland-s-lonely-killer-whale/article/384808#ixzz33NC1mLHh


Baleines à bec de Baird massacrées au Japon

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La première baleine à bec de Baird de cette année a été débarquée à Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japon.
Longue de 9.5 mètres et pesant 10,8 tonnes, le corps de cette cette femelle a été découpé et vendu aux enchères à des entreprises locales de produits marins locales, qui la préparent pour la consommation humaine.
Afin de faire croire à une "recherche scientifique", un fonctionnaire de l’Agence des Pêches était présent pour examiner le contenu de l’estomac mais pour autant que nous le sachions, aucune mesure de radioactivité n’a été menée sur le cadavre, alors que la centrale de Fukushima continue à déverser ses eaux empoisonnées dans le Pacifique.

 

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Depuis 1987, au moins 1000 baleines à bec de Baird ont été chassés dans les eaux japonaises. Les captures de cette espèce continuent encore aujourd’hui, le Japon disposant d’un quota national de 66 prises annuelles dans ses eaux territoriales.

La saison de chasse a débuté le 25 mai 2014 et se poursuivra jusqu’au 30 juin, ou plus tard, dès lors que les quota auront été atteints.
Les baleiniers de Hakodate ont le droit de tuer 10 de ces magnifiques et mystérieux mammifères marins, dont on ne sait rien des cultures, des langages ou des modes de vie, mais apparemment un peu plus sur le contenu de leur estomac. La population mondiale de ces plongeurs en eau très profonde est actuellement de 30 000 individus.

Les baleines à bec de Baird, malgré leur taille, sont considérées comme des "petits cétacés" et ne disposent donc d’aucune protection de la part de la Commission Baleinière Internationale.

Sources :

http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/7-4-23/54432.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Wildlife-Investigation/129521473905441

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9rardie_de_Baird

http://www.dauphinlibre.be/japon-dauphins-massacres.htm


Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges : the time of the catches

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Puck, Tex & Linda at the Dolfirado

The Boudewijn Seapark opens in Bruges in 1972.
At the time, dolphins are considered like “the” new American attraction that can bring a lot of money quickly. Dolphinaria open all over Europe.

Harderwijk (in The Netherlands) is the first to dig ponds in 1962. While Marineland in Antibes (France) orders its orcas from SeaWorld, while England multiplies small structures filled with young and sick cetaceans and while the Duisburg Zoo starts its sinister massacre. Belgium won’t take much time to follow.

The first dolphinarium was born in 1968 in Mellen in Flanders. Maupertuus Park – that’s his name – brought 5 dolphins back from Florida. Only two of them are still alive when the plane lands, one mother and her child, which will rapidly die too.

On the 17th of December 1969, the Antwerp Zoo opens its new facility, this time for “scientific” purposes. The zoo orders its first victims in Florida. Jerry Mitchell and James Tiebor are its main suppliers for dolphins, dolphins that they capture in the Gulf of Mexico. From the beginning, it’s a massacre. At least 30 dolphins will perish.

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at the Antwerp Zoo

 A dolphinarium also opens in the “Plaine de la Sarte”, in Huy, in 1977.
Like Bruges, it is here also a sort of Walloon branch of Harderwijk. Two dolphins of the company are sent to these very small basins (10 meters long and 1,5 meter deep). But commercial success does not come. Harderwijk then takes back Jasperina, the last surviving dolphin, in its facilities in Bruges in 1978. The site is now called “Mont Mosan” and only exhibits sea lions and parrots.

 

mont-mosan-miss-otarieMont Mosan

 Between 1976 and 1984, dolphins were also exhibited in a 6 degrees water in the Walibi Park in Wavre. They were called Boy, Leo, Missy, Kiki, Niky, Nemo and Girl. Some of them had been captured in Taiwan. They all died miserably.

walibi_dolphinsWalibi

Then the folly falls down again. The fashion for dolphinaria gradually loses its appeal in the nineties, with the closure of all the English sites and of the dolphinarium of the Antwerp Zoo in 1999, under the pressure of the activists. The dolphinarium of Bruges, however, still holds and is enthusiastically supported by the local politicians. They all mention the “well-being” of its residents, but especially the economic interests of such an attraction in terms of employment.

Managers of this park (under a dome), that is one of the last dolphinaria in Europe that deprives its dolphins from light and fresh air, can therefore regularly tell lies in the columns of our main newspapers, and affirm without a laugh that their dolphins live much longer in captivity and breed pretty well. No one dares to contradict them. So it is time to tell, here, how the Boudewijn Seapark was built, on a mountain of corpses…

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From 1972 to 2009, the Boudewijn Seapark imported wild dolphins from Florida and probably the  Caribbean, through his Dutch counterpart, the Harderwijk Dolphinarium, or through the “Dolfirado” in Stein (Limburg). In only one case, as we will see below, the Boudewijn Seapark received its dolphins directly from its supplier, without them going first through Harderwijk.

In this regard, the dolphinarium of Bruges bears a heavy responsibility.

The dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico have indeed paid very expensive this “Flippermania” outbreak, that all the emerging countries are now discovering, from Asia to Africa.

Between 1960 and 1993, more than 1600 marine mammals have been taken from the U.S. waters for the local and the international market. In the early nineties, a terrible epidemic has decimated the dolphins in the Gulf, and the USA had to prohibit all the commercial catches in 1993. This was also because the catches for the dolphinaria were finishing to deplete the populations…

Since then, Western aquatic circuses are forced to stick to breeding farms. Some dolphinaria succeed (with a relative success). But the births are insufficient and the life of these dolphins is too short to ensure the viability of a genetically healthy population on the long term. This will require new captures one day.

pieter-vetoRoxanne, 3 missed births in 2 years

Unlike Antwerp Zoo, which makes no secret of its archives, Boudewijn Seapark never mentions the period between 1972 and 1988, during which the dolphinarium took part, with his Dutch accomplices, to the depopulation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The park even does everything to erase the past. For example, on the signs mentioning the six captive dolphins at the entrance of the dome, the name of Tex does not even appear. Yotta, Indy and Ocean, 3 only dolphins that were born captive and that are still alive, simply have no father.

Many researches are therefore needed to trace back the path of the cetaceans of Bruges. And this path remains incomplete, fragmentary, sometimes censored. The more we find clues on the true story of the dolphins in Bruges, the more the skein of the incessant transactions between the 6 Dutch dolphinaria and the 4 Belgian dolphinaria, under the leadership of Harderwijk, becomes difficult to unknot. The story of our 3 last dolphins founders in Bruges is very tumultuous, dramatic and confused.

 

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capture-dauphins2Capture with a hoop in the 60’s

 

The “Marine Mammal Inventory Report”, responsible for recording all the exports from the U.S.A., mentions that 3 big bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) arrived in Bruges in 1974. No other animal is mentioned before that.

This is curious. Because there had to be at least ONE dolphin for the opening of the dolphinarium in 1972! Several dolphins have thus lived at the dolphinarium during these first two years (1972-1974) without anyone remembering them. Their arrival in Belgium is nowhere mentioned, nor their death, in official documents. But there are traces…

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Japanese dolphin in the Netherlands (70’s)


In 1972, Dr. W.H. Dudok Van Heel, sent by the company Harderwijk BV, conducted a scientific investigation about the frequent and early deaths amongts the dolphins
that his company imports, stands, keeps or distributes.

The author of this study obviously does not attribute these rapid deaths to the despair linked to containment – the dolphins arrive shortly after their capture, still shocked – but to a too high level of mercury in their blood. Van Heel mentions some of the dolphins present in Belgium.

During the winter of 1970-1971, he says, we helped build the Boudewijn Seapark. "To be able to fill the basins with dolphins “proper to educate the public”, we brought four freshly caught dolphins: Allan, a young adult male; Yogi, a juvenile male in poor health; Kiana, a young adult female; and Sherry, a juvenile female".
A table is presented, which shows the distribution of this global purchase (22 dolphins) for four dolphinaria (Bruges, Harderwijk, Rotterdam and Zandvoort).

"All these dolphins were captured by Milton Santini in Marco Island, southwest Florida, except four of them, captured by James Tiebor. Animals delivered to Sweden (Kolmarden) were captured by Jerry Mitchell in Key Largo". Jerry Mitchell was already providing the Antwerp Zoo. He was sentenced later for illegal catches in the Bahamas.

 

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Marco Islands, Florida

 

The dolphins chosen for shows in Bruges are, however, not those that have just been imported (Allan, Kiana and the others). You have there Milly and Sanny, two adult females perfectly tamed and healthy.
You have George and James, two young males also pre-tamed and whose health is improving. These dolphins belong to the Harderwijk dolphinarium but they travel from one dolphinarium to the other quite frequently. They are often moved at the time. Street aquatic circuses also travel around Europe, but Van Heel opposes them. He’s in favour of a stable habitat.

 “The dolphins in Bruges didn’t cause us any problems”, he continues, “until the conclusion of this investigation in May 1972. From that moment, Georges and James started to lose their vitality. Kiana and Allan, despite of having been prepared in Harderwijk, could not stand the pressure of the training anymore, and we had to reduce it. We had to remove Allan from the shows and send him to rest in Holland. The health problems of the animals and the uncomfortable situation of the dolphinarium in Rotterdam, located in the heart of the city, led us not to renew the contract with this site. Hazel was transferred to Bruges in October 1971. In May 1972, his condition had slightly improved while Doris and Kiana’s health had deteriorated to such an extent that we had to send them again to Harderwijk in order to regain strength. Georges and James were doing well then".

And it stops there. From Sherry, Yogi, Georges, Hazel or James, we will know nothing more. They probably all perished in Netherlands or Germany, but dolphins were dying so quickly that there was not enough time to record all the deaths…

 

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Harderwijk in the sixties

 

In January 1974, the MMIR tells us that Bruges receives 3 dolphins from Harderwijk.
Allan and Kiana are leaving Holland to come back to Belgium. Jasperina joins them in 1978, after a really difficult time in Huy.

And time passes. In 1987, 3 dolphins are still held in Bruges: Allan, Kiana and Jasperina.
Jasperina dies rapidly. A study indeed confirms a case of septicemia concerning “a 13 year old female, living in the park since 7 years with 2 companions”. It’s Jasperina, who dies in September 1987, after two days of agony.

Oshin was born in January 1987, from Tex, still in Holland, and from an unknown mother (?). Is Kiana the mother ? The child settles with the couple. But not for long.

On the 11th of May 1988, a terrible fire destroys the wooden facilities of the Bruges dolphinarium. The 3 captive dolphins, 2 adults and a child, perish, suffocated, under the beams of the dolphinarium, in terror and suffering. Death by the fire is, for a dolphin, probably worse than the worst hell, an unimaginable pain. But the show must go on…

 

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Fire at the Dolfirado

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The ashes are still smoking when the dome is rebuilt and the basins repopulated.
  The “new” site will be officially inaugurated in 1990.

On the 24th of June 1988, the first group of dolphins arrives from the Dolfirado in Stein (Limburg), a place that has also just been ravaged by the fire. It’s Puck, Tex & Linda.

The presence of Puck is attested in a “holding pen” in 1979 (not specified), with an immediate departure towards the Dolfirodam of Rotterdam on the 26th of July 1979. A highly polluted and lethal place, where the captives are dying very fast.

She was then moved to Dolfirado Stein in 1981. She also resisted this rotten dolphinarium, haunted by insane dolphins, and that also took fire in 1987. Happily, neither Puck nor the other dolphins had to endure this suspicious accident, that was probably set up to try to cover/to hide an announced bankruptcy. They were then in the other aquatic circus of the owner, the Dolfirama of Zandvoort.

 

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Dolfirama of Zandvoort

The Dolfirama opened in Holland in April 1969. At the time, it is considered like the largest dolphinarium in Europe, with its pool of one million liters and its combined spectacles of dolphins and sea lions. The building still exists today, but the shows of dolphins have stopped since 1988. The living conditions were so deplorable that the law has forced the dolphinarium to close.

 

Stein

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Zandvoort Dolfirama


Tex was supposedly born in 1974 and his capture took place between 1978 and 1980 in Rockport, Texas.

Linda was born in 1976. She was captured at the same time, on the southeast coast of Texas, thanks to the Permit #299, directly issued to the Dolfirado. Both of them are listed in the directory of the dolphinarium in Stein.

But weirdly, Puck is not mentioned. The MMIR doesn’t indicate any precise origin for her. Nobody knows what she has done between her birth in the wild and her arrival in Rotterdam in July 1979.

Just like the first dolphins of Bruges, Allan, Yogi, Kiana and Sherry, Puck has probably been captured near Grassy Keys by Milton Santini in 1966. The Boudewijn Seapark associates this date to her birth and makes her come from the Caribbean.

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Milton Santini and his seapen in the Keyes


Milton Santini
was a mackerel fisherman.
  After shooting down a first dolphin who was rummaging in his nets and after hearing him "cry like a baby" before he died, he catches a second dolphin. This time, he keeps the animal alive. The dolphin is intelligent, we will tame him without any difficulty and M. Santini then launches his business.

He catches a lot of other dolphins, amongst which probably Puck, and teaches them tricks. Tourists enjoy, but also a film director named Ivan Tors, who decides to make a film. The series "Flipper" was born. And the affairs of Mr. Santini start to flourish, until 1993. The company converts into a “research center”, the Dolphin Research Center, well known to tourists who can swim there with captive (but supposed not captured) dolphins.

 

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Santini "rescuing" a Risso dolphin


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On the 11th of July 1988, Bruges receives a second group of dolphins, numbered #620, including Kim (Gulfport), Roxanne (Gulfport), Terry (Gulfport) and William (Gulfport). This order is directly addressed by the Boudewijn Seapark to Mr. Moby Solangi, Gulfport.

Kim dies the following year and Ringo disappears at an unknown date. Terry will die devoured by fungi. From this “delivery” #620, Roxanne is the only one who has survived.

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Roxanne was taken away very young from her mother. She was only 3 when she was captured, on the 6th of May 1988. Less than two months later, she flies to Belgium and finds herself forever trapped under the dome of the Bruges dolphinarium (in July 1988). The interesting point is that, this time, the place where she was captured is known: Gulfport !

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Gulfport

Marine Mammal Productions was located in Gulfport. Its manager, Moby Solangi, has captured over 200 dolphins in the estuary of the Mississippi between 1956 and 1989. These animals have been sold to national and international dolphinaria, but also to the U.S. Navy.

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US Navy is allowed to capture for its needs.


Solangi was also putting his catches to rent.
For a certain fee paid each month, the dolphinarium could receive a “package” with several tamed dolphins and sea lions, the services of a veterinarian and of a trainer, and also food for the marine mammals. If an animal was sick or died, Marine Mammal Productions, founded in 1965, pledged to replace it.

Many dolphins were dying due to stress or drowning during their capture. A former employee of Solangi has witnessed the death of 20 dolphins during a single operation. On another occasion, a mother and her child were caught in the nets. The baby sank to the bottom.

An eyewitness said: “Every diver was grabbing a dolphin, but not all of them could keep their vents above the water (…) you could tell by the floats of the nets that were sinking underwater that the dolphins were drowning. We could not help them, we could just watch until they die. It did not take long for dolphins to start drowning, probably because of their extreme efforts to resist and their panic. (…) A dolphin had a rope attached to the caudal (…) we continued to remove the net of the dolphins, and they just slowly sank to the bottom.”

 

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Capture in Florida, for Disney

 

This witness adds: “The permanent employees of Marine Life who captured this group were called by Moby later. He told them not to discuss the affairs of Marine Life with other employees or anyone outside the company (…) I learned later that there were good reasons for that. Marine Animal had already delivered at least 23 dolphins to the U.S. Navy in 1988. The death of more than 20 other dolphins would have made him exceed his quota of at least 18 units.”

Milton Santini, Jerry Mitchell, James Tiebor, Jay Sweeney and many others used the same methods and killed just as many dolphins. You have to imagine what Roxanne and his companions endured.

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Disney dolphin capture

 

Roxanne probably has seen, right next to her, her little sister sinking, or her little brother. She probably has called her mother with all her strength, like Angel did in Taiji, and she probably heard her family and friends call her by her name, beg their torturers and drown before their eyes.

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Angel in Taiji

Once in Bruges, Tex & Linda have had a first baby, born on the 1st of July 1990. Skippy died in September 2000, at the same time than Terry and from the same disease : their skin and their vent were covered by fungi, and they died in an atrocious agony.

Puck also gave birth to Yotta on the 24th of August 1998, and to Indy, on the 13th of July 2003. Both are still alive today, besides here, but Tex, their father, died at age 20 at the Marineland (Antibes) in 2006, victim of a journey too much.

Roxanne is also lucky. In 2014, her son Ocean is still with her, when he should be traveling – in the wild – to form a coalition with other males of his age. However, she lost Flo, her beloved daughter, and she saw disappear forever.

Gorky, Luna, Marco  were sent abroad. Simo, Iggy, her twins in 2011 and her youngest child, dead after only four days, in 2012 are now buried somewhere. In the wild, dolphins never really lose contact. Just like chimpanzees, they form a “fission-fusion” society, in which individuals move away and get closer at will, in the same region.

 

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Luna and Marco were sent to Zoomarine facilities


Linda
, finally, the old friend of Puck and Roxanne, has been coldly deported to Italy with her son Mateo, just to make room after living 20 years all together under the dome. Nobody took into account the friendship and the bonds between her and the rest of her artificial pod. She still lives today amongst strangers in an overcrowded aquarium in Genoa. Her son has been sent to Spain as stallion.

The father of ALL these children, Tex, died in 2005 as a breeding loan at Antibes Marineland, where he probably committed suicide.

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Linda alone in Genoa

 

As for Beachie, the story is a little different. Beachie was rescued by SeaWorld Orlando when he stranded in Florida. He was released once and re-stranded, it is how he got his name. He was held at SeaWorld Orlando until being transferred to Harderwijk in 1997, then Bruges in 2009.

 

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Beachie sick in 2013

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A "deaf" dolphin rescued by Moby Solangi

 

Do Puck and Roxanne remember those horrible catches, the screaming and the crying of the mothers deprived of their children ? Do they remember all those companions who died next to them, or those babies, condemned to live a few days only in the chlorinated pool water ?

Yes. They do. A recent study showed that dolphins had a prodigious memory and could recognize the voice of old friends more than 20 years after being separated from them. In the wild, they mourn their deaths.

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Why is it important to tell those old stories ? Because they are not old stories !
Massive catches are still held in Japan, in Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, in the Solomon Islands, in Cuba, worldwide. The U.S. are only waiting for a signal to recover their former hunting licenses. Meanwhile, SeaWorld has already sponsored the capture of beluga whales in Russia.

For the dolphins, the pain is still the same, in 1980 or in 2014. Emerging countries are now imposing to captives what we were imposing them in the 70s and 80s. The tragic story of the dolphins in Bruges illuminates the present times.

This will happen tomorrow, and again and again, as long as the dolphinarium in Bruges and its colleagues of the EAZA will continue to claim that their aquatic circuses serve education, research and conservation. As long as they will send that sort of message to countries like Iraq, Pakistan, China, Russia, North Korea, and as long as they will say to them “Look! We make a lot of money! Just do like us!”

 

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Aquatic circuses make money

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Note:
If there are errors in this text, we thank in advance Bruges dolphinarium to kindly correct them. A little transparency always improves the image of a company. Thanks to Ceta Base for its help. Thanks to Christelle Bornauw for her excellent and courageous translation of this long article.

 

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Puck in Dolfirado : such a long story…

 

© Boudewijn Seapark

© Boudewijn Seapark

 

Original article :

Boudewijn Seapark, le temps des captures

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Preliminary Report on The Demographic Status of the Bottlenosed Dolphin in the E.E.EC (July 1981)
HELGA DE BOIS, PAUL VAN DEN SANDE

 

 

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Boudewijn Seapark : more than 20 dolphins died there


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