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clock October 10, 2012 15:43 by author BlueEcoBlog

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No more Mexican Dolphin Slaves in Costa Rica!

clock June 8, 2012 07:41 by author BlueEcoBlog

World Oceans Day Splashback

Free the Dolphin Slaves held in Costa Rica.

Treated 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.

Yes, 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 escaped.

Costa 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 specialists.

Cetacean watching is bigger than a billion-dollar-a-year industry.

Why 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?

These 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?

Possibly 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.

Telling 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 Limon's

resources, 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.

One 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?

A 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 short-term greed.

When the fishery has, like most others in the world, collapsed, where will Ticos buy fish? Japan?

A 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.

Many companies all over the world have found that a public Eco-consciosness increases product sales, room occupancy etc.

Those 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. for more.


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