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Comment: Against dolphin captivity

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I am Karam Ibrahim and I am 15 years old. It is my sincere request that this article I have written in order to express my views and make the public about dolphin captivity is published.

I am a 15 year-old student. I have been fascinated by dolphins and whales as long as I can remember. Since I opened my eyes into a blessed island surrounded by the ocean, I have seen dolphins more than a few times in the wild.

In my eyes, I saw breathtaking creatures that teased and leaped in the endless ocean. They are definitely interested and curious about human beings, and it was impossible not to feel their joy and freedom just watching them. To me, dolphins resembled freedom, and I’m sure that any Maldivian who had encountered the amazing cetaceans in the wild will feel it to some extent too!

About three years ago, my interest in animals made me persuade my parents to take me to the Safari World during a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. We visited the Dolphin and Beluga Whale show, which I profoundly regretted later.

I could see the difference between the wild dolphins in Maldives and the dolphins in the show. They were miserable! Sure, the tank in which they were kept was gigantic, but I questioned myself. Is the tank big enough for these mammals that were once swimming in an endless ocean which by no means can be compared to this cage?

Dolphins are mammals, not fish. They are huge, meaningful creatures with big hearts confined in a small body. Thus, that visit to the Safari World turned out to be my last trip to a place where dolphins and whales were cruelly kept in captivity. It was merely a feeling that these animals did not belong there.

Later, I saw the movie “The Cove” which confirmed that it was not only a feeling! Dolphins and whales do not belong in captivity.

In the wild, they’re travelling 40 miles a day. They could be surfing at one area in the morning, and the next hour they could be 25 miles away teasing or socialising. Dolphins are acoustic creatures. These dolphins are captured and put in a concrete tank surrounded by a stadium full of screaming people. Imagine how they would feel!

When I heard the news about the opening of a dolphinarium in Maldives, it was like a nightmare come true! Since the government ministers have given Amir Mansoor the right to open a dolphinarium, I did a research on the internet, trying to understand why the government would promote this absurd proposal to open a dolphinarium in an eco-friendly country like the Maldives. Here are a few facts that I believe the public, and the Maldivian government should be aware of:

  • The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity.
  • When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.
  • Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day – in pools they go around in circles.
  • Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tail walking and playing ball are trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild.
  • When trapped together, males often become agitated and domineering. This creates pecking orders (unknown in the wild) and unprovoked attacks on each other and the trainers. In the ocean, although fights are not unknown, the wild dolphins have a chance to escape.

As dolphins and whales are large wild animals, the stress and trauma caused by captivity makes them dangerous, which proposes a threat to their trainers. The following is evidence:

In the year 2000, a dolphin entangled a trainer in a net, spun her around and held her underwater during a dolphin capture exercise at Sea World, San Diego. The trainer suffered three fractures and torn ligaments in her right arm.

In the year 2002, a Killer whale Orkid pulled a trainer into the pool by her foot at Sea World, San Diego. The trainer broke her arm before being rescued.

In the year 2006 a dolphin bit a boy celebrating his 7th birthday with a sleepover at SeaWorld Orlando. The boy, under the supervision of a SeaWorld employee, was petting the dolphin at the Dolphin Cove, a petting attraction.

The boy’s mother, Hollie Bethany, told the Orlando Sentinel two adults had to pry the dolphin’s mouth open to free the boy’s hand. The bite bruised the boy’s thumb but did not break the skin.

A dolphin at the same attraction had bitten a 6-year-old Georgia boy on the arm three weeks earlier, the Sentinel reported. The resort’s spokesperson told the paper that the dolphin in that incident might be sent to a “behavior modification” program.

In 2010, trainer Dawn Brancheau, 40, was grabbed by a killer whale, pulled into the water and held there at Sea World, Orlando. She was killed brutally by this stressed out whale in front of thousands of spectators.

Like Richard O’Berry once said, dolphins are whales. Size does not matter!

I would like to state that no matter how much we try to replicate the features of the sea in a dolphin cage, there is no possibility that a dolphin held captive will be happy and healthy.

This is not a matter of keeping the dolphins in Maldives safe. The dolphins that are bred in captivity and transported to Maldives are also dolphins. This is a matter of saving and protecting these wild animals and discouraging the brutal hunting and slaughtering of dolphins worldwide.

I wish that this could not only be about the huge amounts of profit that could be made from this industry, but also about what a good deed we are doing for the environment and ways of life and nature by refraining from such activities which can only be stated as inhumane animal abuse.

I sincerely hope that the government ministers and Amir Mansoor will consider this, and find sympathy and love in their hearts to prevent this nightmare from happening by abstaining from holding dolphins, which can help diminish the number of dolphins that are captured every year in order to be sold to dolphinariums all over the world.

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56 Comments on "Comment: Against dolphin captivity"

  1. GE tourist on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 3:19 PM 

    Reading this, I can only hope, that there are more such Maldivians like Karam Ibrahim argueing against the planned “Dolphin Circus” and keep the Maldives “always natural”.

    Please, show your standing also here:

    https://apps.facebook.com/petitions/21/Stop-Dolphin-Lagoon-in-Maldives/

    Please show your support by a signature !!!

  2. moyameehaa on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 3:24 PM 

    a 15 year old concerned citizen writing about this gives some hope. really!

    im with you on this and i am totally against this whole thing. but ive got a problem with those who are against this…why just dolphins? why not all other animals? aint that kinda “speciesist” ? im against keeping ANY animal in captivity. even goldfish!

    and we go to zoos and stare down at them or find entertainment in their misery. maybe our morality is evolving with regard to keeping other animals in captivity for entertainment. one species at a time? coz circus freak shows and human zoos wasnt that long ago in human history. now we (or atleast most of us) cant even imagine that without feeling bad.

    and for a people who bring in religion into every issue we dont really see the same being done with environment issues or even human rights issues. these things are kept separate, BECAUSE religious establishments are multinational cooperation looking for money, power and control.as far as i know killing or harming ANY animal is by default haraam in islam. except for FOOD and for our SAFETY.

  3. sola on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 4:39 PM 

    This is going to be a threat also to the dolphin population in the Maldives, it wont be long before people start capturing dolphins and taking it to the dolphinarium. They may say they will be bringing the dolphins from outside, but it wont be long before they will switch to Maldivian dolphins due to high cost.

  4. Chris Butler-Stroud on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 4:48 PM 

    Congratulations to Karam Ibrahim for a great piece of writing and well argued position.

    As the author notes, dolphinaria have nothing to do with protecting the marine environment, – simply with making money.

    Lets hope the Maldives authorities listen to this young man’s well made arguments.

  5. Dolphin lover on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 4:50 PM 

    BRAVO!!

    This 15 year old has more sense & love than the entire cabinet & Amir Mansoor put together…

    i hope the govt and Amir Mansoor STOP this CRUELTY…

    NO TO DOLPHINS IN CAPTIVITY
    JL

  6. Ali Bassam on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 5:15 PM 

    First its the bloody criminals getting the second chance. Now its the dolphins that need protection.

  7. Michael Fahmy on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 5:32 PM 

    Maldivian people, particularly in the capital city Male, can be compared to dolphins in captivity. Maldivians in freedom will be a a better people than Maldivians in captivity. We have the open seas around us, and the seas personify freedom. Let us choose freedom.
    Thanks to the young writer; and my congratulations.

  8. Blue Planet Society on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 5:37 PM 

    A well written and powerful argument against keeping cetaceans in captivity. I hope Karam considers environmental journalism for a future career. Thankyou.

  9. :( on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 6:07 PM 

    very well written. I really wish the Maldivian government takes all these points into consideration. come on people isn’t this the “always natural Maldives”

  10. Rose on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 6:13 PM 

    This is a very poor article, though I would refrain from criticizing the very young writer.

    Single cases do not prove the rule, especially described in unbelievable circumstances -> 2 persons needed to pry the dolphin mouth open but the 7 year old boys skin did not break!

    Also, as is common in Maldivian journalism, sensationalism has crept into the article. The writer chooses to mix and match dolphins, whales and orca’s as seen fit by the writer. This is like discussing orangutans and gorilla’s when the subject of discussion is homo sapiens.

    Personally, I do not understand this infatuation about ONE mammal species. Even today, over 200 mammals were slaughtered in Male’ !

    Overall, a heartfelt article, but with little substance.

  11. Malcolm J. Brenner on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 6:42 PM 

    Au contraire to Rose, I thought Karam Ibrahim has done a good job of mustering the facts against dolphin captivity. The fact that dolphins in captivity have much shorter life spans than dolphins in the wild should indicate to us that this is not good for them. Killer “whales” are merely a large species of dolphin, with many of the same behaviors. Please, let us enjoy these creatures in the wild, where they belong. Bringing them into captivity not only degrades them, it degrades us as well.

  12. Pft Pft on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 6:44 PM 

    Not exactly the best article, but who cares, this boy has more sense than the Amir Mansoor guy. And I would also like to congratulate you on getting your article published. We shall oppose the plans to hold dolphins in captivity, which is nothing more than a scheme to make money.

  13. Briko on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 7:34 PM 

    All this hullabaloo about this, without knowing the concept for the sanctuary amazes me. Goes to show how lizard brained the lot can get. Giving canned responses to a trigger.

    I have no vested direct interest in the project, fyi, just pointing out that a sanctuary can be wild and could made into a form of tourism, like diving, or a safari etc…

    proof check this out
    http://www.dolphinexpeditions.com/mission.html

    so why jumping the gun with this dolphin issue, our crule and inhumane ancestors domesticated the dog the cat, horse and a array of cattle stock.

    Should we campaign against domestication those.

    Most people cant think outside of the box indeed, but let us try, now who could blame the poor boy.

    I am guessing since by law dolphins are a protected species here, it would be illegal to keep them in captivity, wonder why the activists never bothered to check on that.

    !!!!!!!!

  14. tsk tsk on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 11:16 PM 

    Would like to humbly remind all commentators that the above is an opinion piece and not an article so it should not be expected to meet journalistic standards.

    A powerful and emotive argument against Nasheed’s hypocrisy.

    However, would like to tell Minivan that this is too little too late and your publication of this article does not brush away the fact that you have been exposed as an extremely biased set of whitewashers that are in the employ of a ruling government.

    The next time the British Conservative Party or the US government says anything about the Xinhua News Agency, we all must think twice about the integrity behind such comments.

  15. Freedom Fins on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 11:33 PM 

    Really glad some people think outside the box and are against dolphin captivity. As for cats and dogs, they choose to live among us, i bet the cat who has to eat, sleep, and sh** in a cage would be quite miserable. I really appreciate the 15 year old who knows right from wrong.

  16. Larry[geordie]Dodds on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 11:42 PM 

    There will be lots of arguments against this dolphinarium,but in the end money talks…,but if the scheme comes to fruition,maybe a lot of civil disobedience around the proposed area would keep people away..No people,no money,no dolphinarium…..

  17. KaraMaumoom (Fake 15yo boy's dad) on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 3:49 AM 

    Dear Karam my boy, that’s a good job.

    Try to write more sentimental stuff like this to OBSTRUCT these new projects. I hate this ANNI and his government. I can’t let the ppl see and enjoy real development and real entertainment.

    If you keep writing these sad articles ppl wont allow this project to take place. Also the ppl are too FOOLISH to know that only a few dolphins being kept in captivity at a good facility won’t affect or hurt the wild stock of the dolphins.

    Besides, how many cattle, livestock trees and other living things are we humans killing just for our purpose? And if we compare this with the couple of dolphins kept in a marine circus or any other facility or RESEARCH LABS; it DOESN’T AFFECT the wild stock. But the FOOLISH & IGNORANTS of MALDVIES don’t know. HEHE – HAHA. So, my boy, keep be fooling them & try to be an OBSTACLE to any (just about any) development or entertaining projects coming up in this $#itty county. HAHA AAAAAAAAAAAA

  18. Tracy on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 4:13 AM 

    It time to shut these unnessary side showes and get a life. Grow up, read a book and just stop using your over weaning immature egos to use dolphins, orcas, belugas, and other marine mammals for your entertainment.

  19. Heather Hibbitt on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 4:35 AM 

    This article gives me joyful hope for the future of our planet. I am of an older generation and despair at the fate of the world … until I see what the younger generations (our future) are doing to save us all. Beautifully, thoughtfully and honestly written. Thank you Karam Ibrahim – you and people like you are an inspiration.

  20. Hahahaaa on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 10:00 AM 

    KaraMaumoom – so you think taking away the freedom of wild creatures for your entertainment is development? for your information, we know a couple of dolphins held captive won’t diminish the dolphin population, i’m guessing you haven’t heard the word cruelty. if not, why don’t we put some humans in a cage and watch them do tricks for u. I’m sure the human “wild stock” wont be affected. hire a boat, go out to the sea, and watch the dolphins if you like seeing them so much. development!!! bah! real entertainment my as*!

  21. claire on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 10:19 AM 

    I really like your article.
    it made my eyes wet.

    Let’s start from refusing to go to any dolphinarium. If there is no market, then no such a business comes out.

  22. Ath on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 11:00 AM 

    Maldives is known for tourism, eco friendly ways and methods of islanders, a place where Dolphins roam free. I have seen them in the Wild during my visits there. Creating this kind of Dolphinarium is a bad idea and this news is already having a negative spin on Maldives as a destination. Think twice before you alienate your tourist base unless you want tourists only from one part of Asia and you know who they are..Dolphins do not belong in captivity, kudos to this young boy for having written this article.

  23. Ahmed on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 11:31 AM 

    Now this Amir Mansoor guy who is going to create this so called Dolphinarium is a hard core businessman who has no affection for the conservation of environment or the protection of the small businesses in the market. This guy has an affection only for money. This proposed Dolphinarium is just a farce to create another resort or something. This guy belongs to the ruthless business circle of Lily who has no ethics in their business dealings! And what can you expect from this guy??

  24. Carol Hogarth on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 12:18 PM 

    I have a idea how about we put all the humans who want to see these dolphins in a big box and leave them in the ocean away from their families their homes and any freedom for the rest of their lives.

  25. Shannon on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 12:44 PM 

    Well done Karam Ibrahim.

    I’ve set up a peition. Please get as many people to sign this!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/maldives-government-stop-the-planed-dolphin-lagoon

  26. Shannon on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 12:54 PM 

    Oops sorry just realized already a petition going. But lets share them both.

  27. Briko on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 3:19 PM 

    I would like to petition for undomesticated of all animal currently in domestic bondage

  28. Keith on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 3:48 PM 

    Never seen a bunch of people working together this hard to stop development of their own loving country. Im simply dumbstruck.

    People, my advise, please grow up and try thinking ‘out side the box’ for the sake of your nation and your children.

    Politicizing and hate mongering only makes you ‘the commentators’ sound inferior and JEALOUS!

  29. Scuba Tribe on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 4:50 PM 

    Thank you for voicing out your concerns Karam. Wish that more and more people would share your beliefs. If you ever want to publish anything in Scuba Tribe let us know

  30. Rose on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 5:42 PM 

    @ Malcolm J. Brenner on Sun, 6th Nov 2011 6:42 PM

    Nobody is stopping you from enjoying the wild. Taking a handful of dolphins does NOT deplete the stock. In fact, as one person has mentioned, this so-called dolphinarium or whatever, does not even make the list of threats to dolphins.

    Wouldn’t it be better to galvanise this “anti-dolphinarium” energy on something that actually does threaten dolphins in the wild ?

    :)

  31. tsk tsk on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 5:43 PM 

    Perhaps Keith, it is the specific type of development Amir has in mind that the people of this country are opposing.

    You fail to understand that our resorts and our country are not theme-parks. However you are right in saying that if the nature of tourists change the type of tourism must also be adjusted along with it.

    There may be some truth in the fact that Indian and Chinese tourists would prefer Dolphinariums and shopping malls over sun, sea and sand. In such an event, our stand as climate change activists and environmentalists will not stand up to criticism.

    Do you see the dilemma here?

  32. gbavin on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 7:55 PM 

    All,
    You are all acting like 15 year olds.

    Any sensible person can see an animal that grows more than 2 metres in length should not be in a pool?

    Thats without having any special attachment to them. You would not put an elephant in your house?

    The UK banned the keeping of dolphins long ago. Its time the rest of the world , woke up and caught up?

    As for this authors article. Yes he mixes facts on Whales, dolphins etc.
    And maybe some of the English mixes up a bit.
    But give him his due —- he is 15.
    Did you write an article and speak out when you were 15.
    He did !

    He is our future — and I’m glad we have him on the right side of the fence !!

  33. earthling on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 10:51 PM 

    agree no captivity for one single animal.
    what about those bakaris Fareed slaughtered on Eid? and the Camel he plans to “slaughter next Eid Insha allah”?

    Doesnt anyone voice against that? no tears for the slaughtered goats shown on every news ? blood gushing through the veins while the poor thing gasped for its last breaths?

  34. Lori on Mon, 7th Nov 2011 11:16 PM 

    Very proud of you Karam! It’s so amazing that a 15 year old can easily see that this is wrong, but supposedly educated adults can not! Karam shows that there may be hope in our youths after all. Keep it up kiddo! It’s because of people like you that will help stop this. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  35. rachel on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 2:21 AM 

    This letter is inspiring and I hope the government takes this seriously. It is well-written and very factual. Also the cove is an incredible movie! Watch it!

  36. Shadow on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 2:47 AM 

    Really good job – keep on fighting, never give up – we will win

  37. Tez on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 4:31 AM 

    Lets hope they listen; ALL animals belong in the wild. Seeing any animal in the wild is a privilege, to be in their presence and have them interact with you just with a look is amazing.

  38. Emily Nolan on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 5:34 AM 

    beautifully written!!! thank you for sharing!!!

  39. awlaki on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 7:36 AM 

    oh little 15 year boy!

    why are you so worried about dolphins?
    now that some kaafir ppl have commented,

    will you also be against ‘ulhiyaa kathilun’ also?

    will you also oneday become a veggie? and refuse all meat and fish to spare living things some pain?

    all these pop issues like crusade against plastic bags, wet dreaming about caring for animals, these are the ways of shaithaan to mislead ppl from the real purpose in life. God gave us this earth to live and manage our life according to His laws, not our fancies.

    So lets not get carried away by these fads and fashions dho? there are more pressing and important things in life to waste our energies..

  40. Heather Stock on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 8:22 AM 

    Well said Karam. Thank you for taking the time to write your article. I surely hope the Maldivian Government will hear you and agree not to allow the captivity of dolphins. Keep up the good work on behalf the the Dolphins ~ it will be a ripple effect for the rest of the world to take note of, and change. for the love of Dolphins, we all must care just enough to make an impact that will give the freedom back to all whales, dolphins and porpoises.

  41. Shivani Kanugula on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 8:37 AM 

    We are all very proud of you Karam. I hope this will will knock sense into people who use animals for their entertainment. Three years back,I went to an aquarium and I was all excited to see the dolphin show. I saw the frozen smile on one dolphin which was made to do stunts and allowed to pet.I decided I will never go to a dolphin show again. I wish people get aware of the danger these animals are in, and ban the dolphin industry. Cove was such an eye-opener.
    Koodos to Karam…way-to-go kid…

  42. V. Fowler on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 9:40 AM 

    Well said Karam. I am disappointed and shocked by the negative replies by some absolute twats in this column of comments. The major problem of this planet is over population of humans. The greed will destroy the fragile structure eventually. Its a pity I feel, that those who have no concern or respect for nature, were not just instantly annihilated to help in the cull of the human race whose entirety now stands at a very unhealthy 7billion. Dolphins are the most beautiful of creatures whose love to play. Let them be and give them the freedom of the seas along with all the other creatures that we murder and harm on a daily basis…. What do they do to us? Gross

  43. yusuf on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 10:17 AM 

    Nice piece for mammals. Protected and unprotected species are being held captive and experimented on in many resorts and marine centres. I wish such a piece could be published for them too.
    Even vegetarians ate killing for food. Plants cannot even run for their lives like some animals do, but that does not necessarily mean consent for being killed and eaten. If not for live fodder, we will have to go in search of decaying stuff.
    I believe being natural or nature loving or even environmental friendly is not limited to living species alone.

  44. hassan ahmed on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 1:18 PM 

    A better idea, we leave dolphins to their wilderness and free. Instead we can lockup Umar Naseer and teach him to talk and fart properly.

  45. Amanda Gee on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 2:56 PM 

    The damage that is done to many dolphins to capture a few for a life of captivity is horrifying – the dolphins are slaughtered in their thousands babies and all to capture the one they want to make money to sell to a dolphinarium – if you watch ‘The Cove’ and still go to swim with captive dolphins you need help as you are clearly inhuman. PLease Please do not swim with captive dolphins it is because of people paying that this murdering goes on every year for months at a time in Japan

  46. Suha on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 3:50 PM 

    Dear all..i know Karam personally…for your information she is not a BOY! she is a GIRL! :D

  47. Ben Plewright on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 4:18 PM 

    wow! Learnt ALOT and enjoyed the article, thanks

  48. safari on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 5:22 PM 

    i work in a resort and i see dolphin shows everyday.. they are in the wild, we see them when ever we want.. they folow you when you are in a sunset cruse!! they play around you happily.. how cool is that..

    and i don’t find even a single reason why we have to capture it!! this is too much.. we have enough money to live with.. people wake up!! what happened o the new slogan “Maldives always natural” whats the use of it when we can’t keep our words..
    i support Anni and respect his decisions but think about this once more!!

    good article karam.. she has stand up against this and i am standing with her..

  49. Joanne on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 5:33 PM 

    Please keep the fight!!!!
    Its horrible!
    Joanne from France

  50. Linda Thompson on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 5:49 PM 

    Enough said , why the hell is it st being allowed ! Well done on your article lets hope some good comes from it , we are the humans let behave that way and get these inhumans acts of blatant cruelty stopped forever !

  51. Gailie on Tue, 8th Nov 2011 6:55 PM 

    If enough 15 year olds have the same opinion as you, perhaps it may help to save the dolphins, whales and even sharks!
    The late, great, Steve Irwin once said you only need to touch one of these creatures to love them and want to save them.
    I now love dolphins, a nurse sharks and I’m hoping one day to touch a whale shark. Good on YOU!

  52. Hassan on Thu, 10th Nov 2011 7:57 PM 

    I agree with Ahmed above that this Amir Mansoor guy only loves money and he and the gang trying to rip off this country. I mean this Amir guy is being used as a stooge by the Lily crowd who is not friendly with this government. Even tennis court land was given for a long term lease to this guy n look at what he has done! He has brought the Lily crowd n got them to invest there to sell mas banas for a whopping Rf 60 …!! I mean business ethics is not in this gang’s vocabulary. Once a small timer told how this Lily crowd attempted to destroy his business by an alleged retail sale of one of their presumed products!! We should never ever allow egocentric ruthless business tycoons to exploit our fragile ecosystem and make a killing out of it! This Amir buggar has to be stopped at any cost right in the midst of his tracks.

  53. real on Fri, 11th Nov 2011 1:00 AM 

    …Amir can talk of food, beverage, tennis and fishing. What would he know about dolphins?

    …What we need to know is the international company that is behind it, and thats when we would understand the real motive of such a stupid idea.

    …Shiva would rather buy a new cargo vessel for Lily Shipping than spending a million dollars for a creature that may die on flight

    …as for Naseer, he would prefer to put up a ten storey building with such money.

    At the end of the day, its business as usual. As the saying goes, scratch my ass and i would the same to yours’..the government needs lily to fund their political agendas, likewise lily needs the government to get richer through various deals…including the tennis court, the addu projects, etc.

    …we would never allow such a thing to happen in Maldives. if a few men can tear down emblems at GMR airport, am sure a few fishermen will release these dolphins into the wild! Amir be prepared!

  54. Rick O' berry on Sat, 19th Nov 2011 6:41 PM 

    Wow what an idiot this 15 year old karam ibrahim is grow up u gonna see it and u are even gonna go there so loool

  55. Bruce Lynn on Sat, 28th Jan 2012 1:44 PM 

    Karam,

    I support your eloquent case against dolphins and other creatures in captivity. I will provide a counter argument for you to consider. In short, the reason why we do need to permit dolphins in such circumstances is because the world needs more Karams.

    In our increasingly digital, virtual, manufactured, urbanized life, more humans on this planet are deprived an intimate connection with nature and a connection with its wonderful creatures. The more people get exposed to such magical animals (not just dolphins) the more they tend to support causes that benefit them with their votes and their pocketbook. Without this support, the entire dolphin species is at risk.

    If a few noble dolpins can be cared for in healthy, somewhat comfortable habitat in order to help save thousands, then I think that is a good thing.

    You and a number of commenters mentioned ‘The Cove’. The Cove was not about dolphins captured for entertainment, but captured for food. It is well established that the stronger the emotional bond with animals (eg. pets like cats and dogs), the less people want to eat them. So, having facilities where people can connect with them can help reduce the demand for the hunting them as well as help build the political pressure to ban such activity.

    Keep fighting for the dolphins, Karam. You do it very effectively.

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  • is this freedom?: Freedom to be a drag queen – No big deal. But giving media space to think kind of a non event is surely to provoke..
  • peasant: I say we boycott Israel and their ally the US too. After all it is American one sided backing of Israel which allows them to act with impunity. Let’s...
  • Andrew Andreas: Rabid dogs must be muzzled and chained. President Yameen controls well.
  • MissIndia NewDelhi: Naim honey, you should stand for President of Maldives…..I am sure you will make a better president than some of the old queens and cross...
  • Mujaahid: Come on guys, if you want defeat Israel, you have to destroy their economy. Now I do understand banning Israeli products though Maldivian banning is...
  • MissIndia NewDelhi: Great! That takes care of the Israeli tourists for this season. Now you brain dead people need to scare away the remaining tourists from Britain,...
  • josh: Dearest Ahmed, freedom of speech is indeed a choice of democracy and should be any person’s legal right and privilege to exploit. However, what happened in...

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