Swimming with Captive Dolphins - Is this a moral practice? Watch

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Hey everyone.

I'm going travelling this summer, and will be stopping in Singapore for a few days on my way home. I'm currently researching what there is to do in Singapore, and when looking at Sentosa Island, I saw that they have some kind of dolphin park where you can swim with captive dolphins.

Is this a moral thing to do? I mean, are the dolphins likely to be happy in captivity, in the way that my dog is pretty happy in captivity, or is the practice of keeping dolphins in captivity unethical?

I'm not usually the type to put a whole lot by ethics - I don't fuss over whether my food is fair trade, or whether my shampoo was developed with animal testing ect. But I do think that if I thought the dolphins were unhappily kept in captivity just for the tourism then it would detract from the overall experience enough that I wouldn't want to do it.

What are your thoughts guys?
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Those dolphins are lucky we not shooting them and selling their fins in an Indonesian market. We need more captive dolphins for swimming with, I would detain all dolphins if I was UN secretary-general.
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For me it will depend on how the dolphins are kept in the pool and whether the pool is big enough for the dolphins to swim around. Senthosa Island is really nice. I been twice now. The cable cars are nice. Singapore is very expensive though Most expensiest place to live in the world.
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Firstly, no. Dolphins are not happy in captivity.

Secondly, why don't you care about animal testing, where your food comes from, but you do about this?
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Firstly, no. Dolphins are not happy in captivity.

Secondly, why don't you care about animal testing, where your food comes from, but you do about this?
Thanks for the response.

I guess in an admittedly selfish kind of way, because I can push it to the back of my mind. When I'm at the supermarket, I just see the cheapest shampoo and buy it, regardless of how it was developed, because I don't actually have to see the testing. Obviously I don't like the idea, and wouldn't be happy if someone did experiments on my dog or anything.

Given that I barely eat fruit/chocolate/tea/coffee at the moment I guess the latter is a moot point - I'm fairly sure that 99% of what I buy you can't even get fair trade. But if you could, I'd just go for the cheapest option, because again, its easy to push concerns to the back of your mind and go about your daily life.
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(Original post by jumblehunter)
Thanks for the response.

I guess in an admittedly selfish kind of way, because I can push it to the back of my mind. When I'm at the supermarket, I just see the cheapest shampoo and buy it, regardless of how it was developed, because I don't actually have to see the testing. Obviously I don't like the idea, and wouldn't be happy if someone did experiments on my dog or anything.

Given that I barely eat fruit/chocolate/tea/coffee at the moment I guess the latter is a moot point - I'm fairly sure that 99% of what I buy you can't even get fair trade. But if you could, I'd just go for the cheapest option, because again, its easy to push concerns to the back of your mind and go about your daily life.
None of super drugs own range of shampoos, conditioners, tooth pastes etc. is tested on animals. It's also cheap and not bad quality.

Or for higher end things there's lush.

Cutting out animal tested products isn't exactly hard .

The best detergents I've had are non animal tested ones. Astonish is in most 99p shops, and Bio D is another good one (in most oxfam shops).

You clearly do have an issue with animal testing, so why not cut it out?
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it's unethical. http://uk.whales.org/issues/swimming-with-dolphins
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I went swimming with dolphins when I went to Florida, it was an amazing experience as I love getting up close and personal with any animals but I can't help but feel guilty for it.

They have a large pool to swim in but I'm pretty sure pods of dolphins can cover hundreds of miles a day when they're swimming out at sea! But then they also really love human interaction so it's a hard call to make.
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(Original post by jordanhenderson.)
I went swimming with dolphins when I went to Florida, it was an amazing experience as I love getting up close and personal with any animals but I can't help but feel guilty for it.

They have a large pool to swim in but I'm pretty sure pods of dolphins can cover hundreds of miles a day when they're swimming out at sea! But then they also really love human interaction so it's a hard call to make.
I'm swimming with Orcas this summer
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(Original post by jumblehunter)
Hey everyone.

I'm going travelling this summer, and will be stopping in Singapore for a few days on my way home. I'm currently researching what there is to do in Singapore, and when looking at Sentosa Island, I saw that they have some kind of dolphin park where you can swim with captive dolphins.

Is this a moral thing to do? I mean, are the dolphins likely to be happy in captivity, in the way that my dog is pretty happy in captivity, or is the practice of keeping dolphins in captivity unethical?

I'm not usually the type to put a whole lot by ethics - I don't fuss over whether my food is fair trade, or whether my shampoo was developed with animal testing ect. But I do think that if I thought the dolphins were unhappily kept in captivity just for the tourism then it would detract from the overall experience enough that I wouldn't want to do it.

What are your thoughts guys?
I just realised this. If you ever go into a supermarket and you are buying products like hand wash, there's always a leaping bunny symbol on the back. It means that the product wasn't tested on animals. I don't know how much product have the leaping bunny symbol but Salisbury's own branded hand wash have the leaping bunny symbol.
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you should watch the documentary 'Blackfish.' I'm half certain that will make your mind up.
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