AR-News: MX - This Is Fun, but Did Anyone Ask the Dolphins?
Orville A Knudsen
oak at waste.org
Wed Oct 1 23:44:47 EDT 2003
This Is Fun, but Did Anyone Ask the Dolphins?
CANCÚN, Mexico Thousands of tourists come here every year to swim with
dolphins, expecting mystical encounters or unmatched educational
experiences. Whether at water parks or even at a mall, the price for an
hour's swim is about $100 not counting the videos, photographs, T-shirts
or dolls to commemorate fleeting moments riding atop the snouts of two
But the real cost is much higher, according to a growing international
protest movement of environmentalists and animal rights advocates who say
there is nothing educational about turning wild animals into lucrative
rides and who are outraged over the recent deaths of two captive dolphins
at an amusement park.
Their past protests led the Mexican government to ban the capture of local
dolphins, and the legislature is considering prohibiting imports as well.
Now the protesters have turned the tourist-rich Yucatán Peninsula, where
there are now nine swim programs, into the front lines of the dolphin
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