Please read the first personal opinion of this young writer:
Dolphin Assisted Therapy is not good for children or dolphins
I have a diagnosis of ADHD and ASD. Last year a charity sent me and some others from my school to go to SeaWorld in the USA and Swim with Dolphins. It was good of the charity and I enjoyed it at the time. Through I didn’t behave well, I’m sorry for that. I didn’t kiss the dolphins, I don’t know why. They told my mum I was the only one who would not kiss the dolphin.
Then I saw ‘The Cove’. It’s a film about some protestors, heroes really, who film the killing of Dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan. They say that it is selling some dolphins for therapy and entertainment that makes catching the dolphins profitable. Ric O’Barry started it all, because he trained the dolphins for Flipper, the TV series. Afterwards he knew that was wrong. He must feel awful, if I were him I’d just kill myself, but now he fights to free dolphins.
If they told the child the truth, if they told him the truth when he swam with dolphins, he wouldn’t want to do it, if he was truly passionate like me, he would protest, he would fight. I feel like dolphins were being enslaved really. I am so angry at myself because I should have known better, that imprisoning dolphins was wrong. I feel like a man should have more passion, should care for others around him and others is animals too.
If dolphins were in our position using us for their entertainment, imprison us, and using us it would be much different.
I have this fantasy, a silly fantasy really, that scientists could do something to help the dolphins like give them metal teeth so they can break free or learn to communicate with them so they know not to go to the Cove.
The end of the film will not leave my head; the blood lapping in the sea and the dolphins screams. I hope they can forgive us.
CAB, aged 16, UK
- More about ‘The Cove’ here.
A review of relevant research finds no evidence for any more than a fleeting improvement in mood , but danger of injury and infection for dolphins. Sea world rejects condemnation by the Cove.
Sea World claims they have not brought any dolphins from Taiji Cove since the eighties. But industry associations do not ask members outside the US not to do so.
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