Join with Animals Australia to help stop Sea World buying into dolphin cruelty overseas

What’s happening?

It’s been illegal to capture wild dolphins in Australian waters since 1994. That’s because caring Australians recognise that these intelligent, social animals shouldn’t be torn from their families, traumatised and kept in captivity for the sake of ‘entertainment’. Now one of Australia’s biggest family-owned companies could be looking to profit from dolphin cruelty overseas — hidden far from the eyes of the Australian community.

Village Roadshow — which owns Sea World Australia — has thrown in its lot with a Chinese company, agreeing to design and operate a marine theme park on Hainan Island in China. Not surprisingly, Sea World Australia has previously taken great pains to distance itself from the practice of capturing wild dolphins and using them to make money.

But our friends at Australia for Dolphins report that Sea World Australia’s marine sciences director, Trevor Long, has confirmed he and the Gold Coast park are deeply involved with the ‘Ocean Paradise’ project. And that he “couldn’t rule out” wild-caught dolphins and even beluga whales being confined and displayed at the Village Roadshow-operated theme park.

While a growing number of people in China are speaking out for animals, the country has no animal welfare laws.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia is creating an action to send to John Menzies, Chair of Village Roadshow Theme Parks, as well as Robert Kirby & Graham Burke, Co-Chairmen of Village Roadshow Limited, to show them that Australians will not stand for this deception. We will urge Village Roadshow & Sea World Australia bosses to commit to NO wild-caught marine mammals at any theme parks they own or operate.

Supporting Animals Australia

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The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

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The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

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How you can help

You can join with Animals Australia and send your message to the Chair of Village Roadshow Theme Parks and the Co-Chairmen of Village Roadshow Limited. Take action now to protect dolphins from lives of misery.


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