Auch vor Ort regt sich Protest: Einheimische und ortsansässige Walbeobachtungsunternehmen haben bereits Demonstrationen veranstaltet und eine Online-Petition gestartet.
Hier finden Sie eine deutsche Übersetzung des Briefes.
Dear Governor Jardim,
With great concern I learned about the plans to build a new dolphinarium in the Marina do Lugar de Baixo at Madeira. Madeira is a beautiful island – and the perfect place to observe free dolphins in their natural environment. Any plans to build a dolphinarium on Madeira should be rejected for the following reasons:
Keeping dolphins in captivity means continuous suffering for these highly social and agile animals. The captive environment is artificial, monotonous and offers extremely limited space; group structure is unnatural and arbitrarily composed; in dolphinaria individuals can’t escape from ear-battering noise during shows and from aggression from pool mates, which can result in serious injuries.
In Madeira, several whale-watching companies are doing a fabulous job by creating public awareness for marine conservation. A dolphinarium, on the other hand, sends an outdated and damaging message by presenting captive dolphins as entertaining clowns.
A dolphinarium would not create additional income for Madeira, but would directly compete for tourists with the whale-watching companies, and hence would financially damage a prospering, conservation-minded, eco-responsible and sustainable business.
In the past, several other ambitious projects at the Marina do Lugar de Baixo have failed – at least partially due to storms damaging any development there. Any further investments in the Marina are a fundamental financial and security risk. It also doesn’t bear thinking about what would happen to dolphins, kept in tanks there, if the facility was destroyed by future storms.
For all these reasons I respectfully urge you to reject these counterproductive plans to build a dolphinarium in Madeira!