World Oceans Day Splashback
the Dolphin Slaves held in Costa Rica.
by family and friends, San Jose kids, interested in marine life,
checked out some intelligent marine beings held in a life of slavery
and prostitution in torturous and pathetic living conditions.
the Mexican circus is back in town and they have a new batch of
dolphin slaves. The last dolphin slaves to visit the “no
artificial-ingredients” country are dead. The same goes for all
captive dolphins that have ever been in Costa Rica, save one who
Rica is one of the best places in the world to observe wild and free
whales and dolphins. There are only a handful of tico cetacean
watching is bigger than a billion-dollar-a-year industry.
are so many big-name sponsers backing the worst example possible for
Costa Rica's future scientists? Why are children being corrupted for
a Mexican circus?
big sponsers could show kids wild dolphins and help create future
researchers and guides, instead they hope to make a buck with dolphin
slaves in pathetic little tubs. What are kids learning from this?
those in charge did not realize that captive dolphins were part of
the circus. Surely they would not want to damage Costa Rica's tourism
reputation or their own. This should not happen again. Those involved
should instead fund city children's vists to one of Costa Rica's
nearby oceans to learn about no artificial ingredients. That kind of
PR will make more than a buck.
Costa Ricans about threats from oil-drilling in Limon is also good
PR. Once again, children are being ripped of for short-term special
interests. As the multinational contaminators prepare to divvy up
perhaps Ticos could be educated about who stands to profit and who
stands to lose. It seems San Jose politicians are more concerned
about their pockets then Limon's long-term tourist economy.
spill could wipe out the Caribbian coast, leaving residents with
nothing and politicians with fatter pockets. Is this really what
Costa Ricans want, or are they still in the dark about what's going
on out there?
major campaign against the greedy and myopic commercial fishing
intrests would also be great PR. These intrests are wiping out an
incredibly productive resource with overfishing, longlines, and
enormous killer nets. Many dolphins are killed with plundering and
wasteful fishing techniques. A resource that could have always
provided for future generations of Costa Ricans is being stolen by
the fishery has, like most others in the world, collapsed, where will
Ticos buy fish? Japan?
public campaign against all these short-term interests would only be
good business. As business competition increases in Costa Rica,
consumers will choose businesses with something extra or different.
companies all over the world have found that a public
Eco-consciosness increases product sales, room occupancy etc.
Costa Rican businesses thinking about long-term profits will quickly
see the light, or should I say $, by showing long-term thought and
not short-term greed. Costa Rican children deserve to be scientists,
researchers, guides, and business owners not oil-rig janitors,
dolphin killing commercial fishing crew, or circus acts.
This article was published in The Tico Times in 1999 by Shawn Larkin. Dolphins in captivity is now illegal in Costa Rica, so far the drillers are being kept at bay, and the myopic part of the commercial fishing fleet is---Oh well 2 for 3. We are still working on trying to get them to stop killing and netting Costa Rican dolphins. WWW.costacetacea.com for more.