Target: Spokesperson for Cancun Tour Board Paula Gomez
Goal: Praise cancellation of dolphins tours in Cancun for travel conference
As the world’s opinion on keeping whales and dolphins captive changes, businesses are being forced to change their practices to follow the ethical and moral guidelines of their consumers. The ripples of this change can be felt all around the world and in Cancun, the tourist board has experienced enough pressure to stop offering the dolphin experience to those attending the TBEX conference. Praise the organization for listening to the public, and not supporting a program that only endangers the dolphin species.
Swimming with dolphin programs are extremely unethical, placing the dolphins under a lot of stress and in an environment where they can potentially die. These animals are caught from the wild, or bred in captivity and are forced to interact and perform tricks for the amusement of human beings. The traumatic experience of seeing those in their pod die forces the dolphins into depression and anger. The dolphins are also deprived of the necessary physical, mental, and social stimulation required for them to live happy and healthy lives. A swimming with dolphins program does not provide these necessities, and many dolphins die prematurely.
It is thanks to responsible travel bloggers contacting the Cancun Tourist Board that made the organization stop providing these programs to the TBEX conference. To both the board and the conference, many still don’t understand why bloggers felt so passionate about this subject. It is also true that the board did not feel a moral or ethical desire to remove the swimming program, but did so because there was so much pressure. They wanted the focus of the TBEX conference to be on enjoying themselves and not on the dolphins. However, the Cancun Tourist Board should at least be praised for listening to consumers, and perhaps in the future they will acknowledge the dangers and moral dilemma it poses to keep dolphins captured.
Dear Paula Gomez,
Recently, the Cancun Tourist Board stopped offering the dolphin experience to consumers at the TBEX conference. It is surprising to me that you cannot comprehend why the public opposes such experiences. Dolphins are not meant to be kept in a small enclosure. They are supposed to live in the ocean where they are free to roam and be with their families. The mere fact that you have dolphins in captivity means you are supporting the capture of wild dolphins.
I want to thank you for removing this experience at the TBEX conference. I hope in the future you will understand the ethical and moral dilemmas keeping these dolphins pose to the animals and the public. Dolphins are not meant to amuse humans, they are meant to be in the wild.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Heather Paul via Flickr