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http://SupremeMasterTV.com -- STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY The Utter Despair Behind the Captive Dolphin's Smile. Episode: 1874, Air Date: 1 November 2011.

The images in the following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth about cruelty to animals, praying that you will help to stop it.

Conscientious viewers, this is the Stop Animal Cruelty series on Supreme Master Television. Today we will hear from prominent dolphin advocate and director of SaveJapanDolphins.org Mr. Richard (Ric) O'Barry who is also known for his role in the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove." The film exposes the sheer terror encountered by the approximately 20,000 dolphins that are annually trapped in a cove and then murdered for meat in Taiji, Japan. Some of the captured dolphins however are kept alive and sold to aquariums, zoos and so-called amusement parks.

Ric O'Barry was once a dolphin trainer for the popular American TV show "Flipper," however he had a change of heart when he saw the terrible emotional and physical toll that life in captivity has on these sensitive and intelligent beings. Dolphins have a very large cerebral cortex and an associational neocortex of significant size. They have an impressive cognitive capacity. Scientific studies have shown them to be self-aware and very social beings.

Dr. Louis M. Herman, a faculty member of the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, USA describes dolphins as our "cognitive cousins" to highlight the fact that Bottlenose dolphins' level of reasoning is the same as that of humans and the great apes.

The enormous stress of being chased and herded into a small cove is more than these beings can bear; they are so terrified that some will die of shock and pregnant females may spontaneously abort their fetuses. The dolphins that do escape become extremely upset upon seeing their pod, or family members, captured and in distress and sometimes instead of fleeing in fear, will stay to try and release or simply comfort their loved ones.

And much like in The Cove, in The Cove you see them putting a long pole in the water and then they hit it with a hammer, and it creates a wall of sound. And that drives the dolphins in. It terrorizes them. They do the same thing in the Solomon Islands, except they use very small canoes, and they have a hand-carved paddle. It's a solid, solid tree trunk. And they go out and they have two river stones, very dense stones. When they find the dolphins, they bang them together and that drives them into the cove, just like in Taiji, and they're slaughtered. Some are captured.

Mr. O'Barry came to Singapore in early October 2011 to try and convince a local resort constructing an aquarium to free 25 Bottlenose dolphins they purchased to put on display. These cetaceans were caught in the waters off the Solomon Islands, a nation in the South Pacific, which is a big source of dolphins for the aquarium and zoo industries.

Well, there are 25 right now there that are going to China. But there are not that many dolphins there and they keep taking more and more. They took 25 to another casino resort in Dubai. There was about 80 that went to Mexico to a dolphin abusement park. There were 25 that went to the Philippines that are scheduled to come here (Singapore) and now there are 25 more that they want to sell them to China. All of them captured violently, a lot of them died in the process.

Dolphins are very family orientated mammals. The females are particularly close and will spend their whole life with their mother and sisters in a family pod. So capturing even one dolphin from a pod is grievous and is the human equivalent of kidnapping. Imagine your child being snatched away and sold into slavery to perform for the amusement of others; that is exactly what happens when a dolphin is taken from the ocean and sent to an aquarium. The abduction of one dolphin causes untold mental anguish to the entire pod.

After being taken captive, the dolphins are transported for sale. With little or no veterinary supervision, and under extremely cruel conditions, the dolphins are taken by truck while carried on stretchers. Being confined to the vehicle, out of water and away from family is very disturbing and damaging to the animal. Improper handling sometimes causes injury or death to the dolphins as does a lack of hydration.

Furthermore, dolphins are very heavy and need the buoyancy of water to protect their bodies. When they are out of water, the full weight of their body pushes down on their internal organs which may rupture or get squashed thus causing massive internal bleeding and trauma resulting in death. On arrival at the aquarium, they are kept in a small containment tank.

Being restricted to a tiny pool away from home is more than most dolphins can handle. In fact, 53% of captured dolphins die within 90 days of being sto


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