Boycott Ocean Park for Animal Rights

豚聚一家 Dolphin Family

408
Signatures
obtained
199592

Target: 200000

Environmental Petition

Boycott Ocean Park for Animal Rights

408 SIGNATURES OBTAINED, THIS CAMPAIGN ENDED ON December 31, 2014

Ocean Park Hong Kong,

Why is an open and transparent marine animal importation policy essential?

“Ocean Park tried to purchase 30 dolphins from the Solomon Islands by species exchange in the past few years.As dolphin importation is banned in some countries, marine parks could obtain dolphins from countries with no such restrictions through species exchange. As such, it is essential that the animals’ origin and the method of importation are made public.”- Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu, Chairman of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
Animals in captivity are mentally stressed. Why?

“The average walking speed for human beings is 1.4/s, we need a space of about 2,000 sq. m. to feel comfortable. Dolphins move at 15 m/s, which is 10.7 times faster than we do, which means that dolphins need a space of 21,400 sq. m. Just as humans do not want to be imprisoned, dolphins do not want to be trapped in a small fish tank.”- David Wong, Convenor of Animal Earth
Is Ocean Park educational, or is it just a circus?

“Ocean Park compared itself to other world-class aquariums, claiming itself to have a noble educational mission, providing information about the ocean and promoting marine protection. But the “marine life circus” in Ocean Park is actually only a part of a larger commercial scheme. If Ocean Park openly promotes itself as a circus, we can say nothing more; but the false education it is putting up right now is even more harmful to society!”- Mark Mak, Convenor of Commission for Animal Protection in 18 Districts
Why is dolphin hunting a cruel industry?

“Ever since dolphin hunting began in the 1960s, the capturing methods had become more and more inhumane. Hunters would use a sharp metal rod with wooden handle to block the dolphin’s blowhole. The wooden handle would then be used to stop blood circulation. This is unbelievably cruel.”- Ric. O’Barry, Producer of The Cove

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To Ocean Park Hong Kong,

We call for people not to buy any ticket or annual pass of Ocean Park, until Ocean Park promises to implement the followings:

1. Implement “sunshine policy”: announce death of animals within 24 hours, the cause of death within 7 days, medical and post-mortem report in 21 days.
2. Regularly provide information of imported animals and animals currently reside in the park, including their names, species, age, orgin.
3. Provide a timeline to reduce and ultimately cancel all dolphin shows.
4. Meet with parties that have signed this petition, Dolphin Family, and AFCD at least once every 3 months to review the conditions of animals in the park and reporting mechanism.

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This petition was started by 豚聚一家 Dolphin Family on February 10, 2014, with an end date of December 31, 2014.

目標:
「零表演」
我們首要目標是希望海洋公園有明確的路線圖,由每日四場表演減至每日三場,一步一步推至每星期三場,達至零表演,由牠們自由自在生活,不要再因要應付表演,而受到嚴格的訓練,身心疲倦。

「零囚禁」
另外,現時海洋公園被困養之表演動物,包括海豚、海獅、海豹等等哺乳類動物,我們希望海洋公園能作出仁道及理智性的安排,不是立刻放養,而是馴養在大海一段時間才野放,或是在大海馴養至安享晚年,因應每隻哺乳動物在體質上、性格上及能力上有所不同,應評估後作出適當的安排。每一條生命得來不易,無論是人工繁殖,或是野外捕捉,都不可輕易草草野放。

減低大魚缸密度
對於海洋館(俗稱:大魚缸)之安排,我們希望海洋公園減少每個物種引進數目,提供低密度生活環境給每個物種。就以藍鰭吞拿魚為例,只引進數條,情況就好像2010年引進80條,當中有10條未到達海洋公園己因病去逝,這未免太殘忍了。

成立公眾監察機制
海洋公園一直拒絕提供海豚及其他海洋生物準確的到達公園日期、死亡日期和原因、海豚身份/姓名/性別/來源地。作為服務及教育大眾的公營機構,本群組認為公園涉嫌有違政府〈香港海洋公園公司條例(388章)〉的成立宗旨,促公園提供上述欠缺的資料,並成立獨立監察團體及機構,以增加公眾透明度。

這條路雖然漫長,但也是我們最終目標,大家努力。

AIMS:
- Promote and strive for dolphin’s welfare
- Terminate dolphin’s shows
- Terminate importing / breeding dolphin for exhibition and captivity
- Promote marine conservation

Short-term Objective
- Terminate Hong Kong Ocean Park Dolphin’s show
- Strive for the improvement on Ocean Park dolphin's information transparency

Long-term Objective
- Terminate keeping dolphin in captivity at Hong Kong Ocean Park and other international marine aquariums


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