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Old 30th March 2012, 22:47   #1 (permalink)
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Dolphins in Guvercilik

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Does any one have any info on the "Dolphin Park" near Guvercinlik, I have read some reports in the national newpapers stating that "due to the cramped holding pens and no licences for the dolphins, that they have been moved elsewhere in Turkey", can any one give more acurate info on the subject?? I visited and swam with the Dolphins which was fantastic for me!! I dont know how the Dolphins felt!! they seem to be worked a lot during the day. but I didnt think the four dolphins had enough room to swim in the fenced off area????
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Old 31st March 2012, 07:58   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

Sorry to hear there is yet another dolphin park, they should all be banned as the animals welfare is not taken into consideration and only used to gain money.
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

They were still there last monday when we came by.
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

Steve, its WRONG WRONG WRONG......................how could you have swum with them after you realised that they didn't have enough room and were overworked.

I agree that swimming with dolphins is fantastic, I did it in the wild in the Red Sea but in an enclosure, NO
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

Disgusting place, dolphins are not intended to be kept in conditions like this. How could you pay money to 'enjoy' yourself when it looks like you had doubts about the animals welfare.
It should be closed immediately and the owners caged.
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

The freshwater river dolphins are in far greater danger than their pelagic cousins.

Dolphins are portrayed as friendly, benign and always helpful to humans in popular media. This reduces these complex and individualistic creatures to some sort of cuddly pet. They are not. They are wild animals that are perfectly capable of following their own motivations which are not always friendly towards humans or even other dolphins. They certainly don't like sharks.
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

Hi Steve,
I know it's a while since you asked this question but wanted to tell you what I know. Regardless of the conditions at any of these facilities (even if say the enclosures were 20 times the size and the animals were treated as humanely as possible) none of them should actually exist according to Turkish law. Animal Protection Law No. 5199, Article 4(f) states: “It is forbidden to remove wild animals from their habitat, to capture an animal living in the wild and take away its freedom." Turkey has also signed the Bern Convention which prohibits the capture and keeping in captivity of bottlenose dolphins-- international agreements signed become Turkish law according to the constitution.
There has been a lot of pressure domestically and from abroad to close these places, and in spring of 2011 Bodrum mayor promised not to reopen the one in Güvercinlik, however just one month later he issued a permanent operating license for the place. The operator brought 3 dolphins, one walrus and 2 sealions to the park. Meanwhile, the park in Kaş was closed because it did not have a license, and 2 of the 4 dolphins there were brought to Bodrum this June- in the back of a vegetable truck- making a total of 5 there now. I heard that recently the shows were cancelled for a few days- the park staff said the dolphins "needed to rest"- sounds very worrying re the state of their health.
I know that many people, like yourself, visit the park unaware of the extent to which these animals suffer from being in captivity and of the effect of this industry on already threatened populations worldwide. Some of the dolphins in Turkish parks were captured from Turkish waters in 2006- incredibly the ministry gave one-off permit for this, and the rest probably came from Japan via Russia. The unbearable cruelty of their capture in Japan is documented in the film "The Cove", and there are many short videos on the web on this subject.

Some facts about the animals perceived as willing, smiling performers at dolphin parks:

• A dolphin’s smile is just a chance anatomical feature – sick and dead dolphins wear the same expression. In truth, captive dolphins are miserable & depressed.

• Dolphins are not born in the parks but captured from the wild in very traumatic ways that cause the injury and death of many, and deplete wild populations that cannot afford the loss.

• Even the largest park enclosures are nothing more than prisons just 1/10,000 of a dolphin’s normal habitat size. In the wild, dolphins swim 150 km a day, up to 50 Km/hr and dive 100’s of meters deep.

• As non-domesticated animals under conditions of extreme stress, captive dolphins often show aggression towards people swimming with them and have caused broken bones, serious bites, ruptured spleen and even death.

• People swimming in or near dolphin enclosures risk catching diseases such as tuberculosis, rabies, E.coli, pneumonia, herpes, toxoplasma, excema and viral and bacterial skin infections. Dolphins excrete urine and up to 15 kg of faeces every day, and can transmit many diseases including emerging infectious diseases in humans like the new astrovirus discovered in dolphins and sea lions.




In captivity these highly intelligent, self-aware and social animals:

● Are forever separated from their source of support and companionship, their pod.

● Must learn to eat dead fish as a “reward” for having to work, and are often kept hungry so that they will perform tricks.

● *Suffer impairment of their sonar system (similar to being blinded for a human) and hearing damage from loud poolside music.

● *Have stress-related ulcers treated with constant doses of antacid and antidepressant drugs, and are known to commit suicide.

Walruses:

● Walruses in Captivity Bake in Temperatures up to 40°C (Their Natural Habitat range is -15 to 5°C).

● In the Wild they live in Herds of Hundreds- in Captivity they are Alone.

● Their Tusks are Cut Off to Prevent Harm to Trainers.

● Mothers are often illegally killed to obtain babies for captivity.

With the growing realization of this suffering, many countries no longer have or allow such marine mammal facilities, among them: the United Kingdom (last place closed 1993), Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Poland, Ireland, Romania, Slovenia, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil and Slovakia. Although Seaworld continues to set an appalling example to the world, around 20 cities in the USA have decided to no longer allow captive dolphins, South Korea has prohibited capture and Italy has forbidden swimming with captive dolphins.

In Turkey, a new law has just been drafted to present to parliament. If passed this would ban animal sales in pet shops, dolphin parks and all use of animals for commercial entertainment.

Thank you for reading and hope you pass on the message: DON'T GO TO THE DOLPHIN PARKS!
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Re: Dolphins in Guvercilik

Jayne (JayKay) has also produced a Turkish and an English Flyer containing the above information and it would be fantastic if people would circulate these wherever they can -perhaps on their facebook pages and other forums. I tried to attach them here, but it is saying the file size is too large, so we will put links onto the Turgutreis Shelter Page (Hundes von Turgutreis group on Facebook). Please take the time to read what Jayne has said above - so many people are so excited at the thought of being close to dolphins or taking their children to swim with them and don't think hard enough about how cruel it actually is for the dolphins, so if we can get people to at least make an informed choice with all the facts it would be a good starting point to hopefully getting these dreadful places closed down. Thank you.
(ps if anyone knows how I can attach the PDF documents here let me know - at the moment it says the file size is too large, yet each flyer is only one side of an A4 page when printed off).
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the biggest pdf file size allowed on here is 48.8 kb, how big is your file ?

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.....236 kbs (although it's on one A4 page, a lot of the text size is small so we could fit it on). I also have it as an ODF document, but it won't recognise that - would it work if I try to convert it to a Word document?
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