Dolphins Being Harassed By Tourists Deserve Better


Target: Brian Schatz, Senior Senator of Hawaii

Goal: Protect spinner dolphins from tourist harassment.

Spinner dolphins are being harassed by tourists in Hawaii, in addition to being forced to perform tricks and socialize with people during the daylight hours. The spinner dolphin is a nocturnal species, they use the daylight hours to rest up after a busy night. And while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is trying to put rules in place to protect the dolphins, several tour boat operators have reportedly objected, claiming it will be too strict for the tourists and spoil their vacations.

This is entirely self-centered reasoning on the part of humanity. The ocean belongs to these dolphins, they have the right to rest and relax in their natural habitat without humans harassing them, treating them like objects. Dolphins have already undergone enough suffering over time; being hunted for sport, being caught in tuna nets, and held in captivity at aquarium theme parks. The last thing they deserve is more harassment from humans.

We cannot let politics and human selfishness disrupt the welfare and lifestyle of these creatures. Sign this petition to demand the Hawaiian tourist industry step back and allow stronger protection rules be put in place to protect the spinner dolphins.


Dear Senator Schatz,

Tourists have been harassing spinner dolphins off the coast of Hawaii and encouraging others to do the same. This is not fair to the poor creatures, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is currently attempting to implement stronger rules protecting these dolphins from such disturbances. However, several boat operators have been reported as not wishing to ruin the fun of the tourists with the enforcement of such rules.

The safety and comfort of the dolphins should come before the selfish wishes of the tourists who seek to cause trouble for the animals. The tourist industry should be made to see this rather than bowing to the wishes of people who care little for the welfare of the spinner dolphins. Please allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to enforce the rules they need to in order to protect the dolphins, and do not allow the tourist industry’s politics to stand in their way.


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Photo Credit: Alexander Vasenin

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  1. Animals are not on this earth for our mindless amusement-End All Animal Abuse & Cruelty, NOW! #RespectLife

  2. Angela Montano says:

    I am against. Any kind of abuses to any animals.

  3. F–k those tour boat a-holes!! Everyone who dislikes their attitudes should go drill holes in their boats!!

  4. And send all the petitions gathered to the operators so they can see there are more people that hate them, than there are stupid tourists willing to pay for such sick “entertainment!!”

  5. “Swimming with dolphins could end as ‘self-gratifying selfies’ pose threat”… The industry has exploded, behavior of people toward the dolphins has apparently gotten out of control… Known awareness of tour operators who behave unethically or dangerously…fewer than the others, but they exist.
    50 yards as the proposed minimum distance can still create a viable tourist industry in Hawaii… specific regulations barring people from approaching within 100 yards of humpback whales already in place…

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