Attendees are invited to view Sea Shepherd’s “From the Cove to Captivity” Photo Exhibit
Animal captivity enthusiasts are descending upon Orlando, Florida for this year’s IMATA (International Marine Animal Trainers Association) conference. Held between September 14th-18th, attendees will be made to feel at home by one of the major hosts, SeaWorld Orlando. Animal trainers, aquarium and zoo managers, and other individuals in the business of keeping animals captive for big bucks will be in attendance.
Luckily for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s clients, Orlando is also home to one of our newest Onshore Volunteer chapters. Our crew at Sea Shepherd Orlando will be leading a public gathering to show IMATA conference attendees the other side of the story for whales and dolphins in captivity. If you are in the area, please join Sea Shepherd Orlando’s demonstration on September 14th at 10:30am at the SeaWorld Gate, found at the intersection of Central Florida Parkway and Discovery Cove Way. You can find regularly updated details of the event here: Sea Shepherd Orlando's event page.
In 2006 IMATA issued a statement that condemned the inhumane killing of dolphins and other cetaceans in the Japanese drive fisheries. However, IMATA continues to support, train and certify businesses that profit from the annual drive hunt and slaughter of dolphins and small whales in the infamous Cove of Taiji, Japan.
More than ever, it is important for us to maintain the pressure on organizations like IMATA to denounce the capture of wild dolphins and whales for sale into lives of captivity and breeding. They must stop supporting businesses that engage in this brutal and cruel practice.
Sea Shepherd’s volunteer Cove Guardians are currently in Taiji, standing watch over the cove. The Cove Guardians are the only group on the ground in Taiji throughout the entire six-month hunting season – from September 1st until March – documenting and live streaming every capture and every kill for the world to see. Though many of the dolphins and whales driven into the Cove are slaughtered for human consumption, many others are selected for captivity in aquariums and marine parks in Taiji and around the world – the most profitable aspect of the hunt, as a single captive dolphin can be sold for $100,000 or more. Taiji is ground zero for the international trade in captive cetaceans.
This is the 5th year Sea Shepherd has been on the ground in Taiji for Operation Infinite Patience. You can keep up-to-date and support the campaign on our Cove Guardian website and on Facebook and Twitter.
The work of Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians has been touring the U.S. over the past year, with our Onshore Volunteer chapters exhibiting the “From the Cove To Captivity” photographic exhibit from Seattle to New York City, and many cities in between. The exhibit consists of a series of powerful photos taken by our volunteers in Taiji, presenting an opportunity to see the Cove through the eyes of the Cove Guardians.
At their demonstration at the IMATA conference, Sea Shepherd Orlando volunteers will be holding photographs in a “living exhibit” of “From the Cove to Captivity,” powerfully displaying the brutal side of the whale and dolphin captivity industry most often hidden from public view.
site for more information.