I just participated in a protest action against a Swedish dolphinarium. Several of their dolphins have been caught in the wild, thus deprived of their family to which they have very strong emotional bonds. Captive dolphins are confined to the space of tiny pools, while being designed to swim tens of kilometers a day – an equivalence to you being imprisoned in a 20 m^2 room for all your life. Their lifespan is radically reduced due to stress, and many dolphins eventually go mad.
During the protest, I had the privilige to talk to (and hug!) Ric O’Barry, a notorious activist, former dolphin trainer and creator of the Oscar winning documentary The Cove.
“A dolphins smile is nature’s greatest deception. It gives the impression they’re always happy”