Animals Used For Entertainment

Animals Used For Entertainment

We all love animals – we are curious about them and sometimes they’re just plain silly. But animals are not actors. They are not willing participants in the entertainment industry. Animals exist for their own reasons – just like us.

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS

Many people spend hundreds of dollars to have a brief encounter with dolphins, and who wouldn’t be tempted  – they’re beautiful, intelligent beings who form close familial bonds and have been known to protect people and other animals from harm. But dolphins used for entertainment arrive in their captive homes after their large pods have been driven to specific capture areas and spend the next several hours and days frantically trying to protect their young and each other. Most of the trapped animals are slaughtered under the guise of “meat” while a few select dolphins are spared the spear and are instead captured and sent to live the rest of their lives in small tanks, performing unnatural tricks for our entertainment. To learn more about dolphins and the process of trapping and transporting them please visit The Cove.

CAPTIVE WHALES AND DOLPINS

Cetaceans (marine mammals) are some of the most active and intelligent animals on the planet. In their search for food, whales will swim up to 100 miles each day, and on average, a whale in the wild will live for 50 years.

Captive whales and dolphins however have a lifespan of around 8 years and are kept in tanks equivalent to a person living in their bathtub – their entire lives. All current captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they have no space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish.

CIRCUSES

Most people take their kids to the circus because they love animals and want to see them up close.  But it’s also important to consider that 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages. Lions and elephants are the main attractions at circuses – forced to perform unnatural and terrifying acts, often complying only out of fear of being whipped or beaten. As an alternative, please take your family to animal friendly venues like sanctuaries, wildlife preserves, or non-animal circuses like Cirque Du Soleil.

DOG FIGHTING

Dogfighting is an incredibly cruel “contest” in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight—are placed in a pit to fight each other until one is either dead or severely incapacitated.

The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dogfights are severe, often times fatal. Dogs used in these events die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. If you know of a dog fighting ring in your neighborhood please contact us via email.

COCKFIGHTING

In a cockfight, two roosters fight each other to the death while people place bets. In their natural environment roosters rarely hurt each other very badly. However, in cockfights the birds often are forced to wear razor-sharp blades on their legs and suffer injuries like punctured lungs, broken bones and pierced eyes. Most die. To report a cockfighting ring please contact us via email.

The cove turns blood red as fisherman kill and capture dolphins in Tajji.
The cove turns blood red as fisherman kill and capture dolphins in Tajji. © The Cove
Chained baby elephant in circus.
Chained baby elephant in circus.
Cockfighting is a brutal sport where razor blades are attached to the birds' feet.
Cockfighting is a brutal sport where razor blades are attached to the birds' feet.
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