Blue Freedom is a group composed of teens and young adults who are extremely passionate about protecting and defending our oceans- especially those who call it home.
Our goal is to give a voice to the voiceless
whales and dolphins who have been captured and forced into a life of
captivity, where they are made to endlessly perform tricks or cooperate
with swim programs for the profit of marine parks.
A whale or dolphin living in a pool for it’s
entire life would be the equivalent of you living in a phone booth for
your entire life.
In the wild, dolphins can swim 40 to 80 miles a
day, and Orca whales can swim up to 100 miles a day, but in captivity
they can only swim in small, continuous circles around their pool.
In the wild, whales and dolphins use their
echolocation, a sonar-like system which they rely on to navigate, but in
captivity they virtually cannot use this tool, as the sounds they emit
will ricochet off the tanks concrete sides, create confusion in the
water, and in some cases, this has driven the animal literally insane.
In the wild, whales and dolphins hunt live
prey, socialize, bond in close-knit family pods and travel freely
throughout the vast expanse of the endless ocean. In captivity they are
hand-fed dead fish and at many times they are kept in solitary
confinement with no hope of ever being reunited with their wild families
and wild counterparts.
Marine parks assure the public that keeping
whales and dolphins in captivity is ‘educational’ and that if whales and
dolphins were not captured and displayed in tanks we would ‘never get a
chance to see them’.
But is this true?
If this is educational, why are marine parks
forcing dolphins to perform tricks which are completely abnormal and
unseen in the wild? (Dancing, waving, bowing and kissing).
If this is research, then why haven’t we seen
any ground-breaking scientific discoveries being documented and
published by marine parks?
Is it research?
Is it conservation?
Is it morally right?
…Are we being lied to?
We believe, yes. We are.
Our goal is to simply present the facts about
the captive whale and dolphin industry, and ask people- especially young
people and teenagers- the ones who are going to marine parks and
dolphin swim programs -to make an educated decision before they buy the
ticket- before they support the industry.
We strongly feel that the world needs to know
what that ticket to a day of ‘fun and entertainment’ is really
supporting. Because buying a ticket is a vote for captivity.
Few people know that purchasing a ticket to a
marine park is supporting such archaic cruelty and is actually fueling
the largest slaughter of dolphins on the planet, in Taiji, Japan.
“As young people, as teenagers and young
adults, we have the power to change everything.” says Katie Emmons, 18,
President of Blue Freedom Inc. “We have the power to save them- to set
them free and to show the world that this is not the future we want.”