Ban Whale and Dolphin Transportation to End Captive Breeding

Target: David Ige, Governor of Hawaii

Goal: Ban the transport and import of captive whales and dolphins in the state of Hawaii.

Importing whales, dolphins and porpoises, as well as transporting them between aquariums or other facilities, will soon be illegal in the state of Hawaii, if a new bill passes. Banning the transport of these intelligent and social creatures will make it more difficult for captive breeding programs to continue, which may eventually phase out cetacean captivity on the island as a whole.

Cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins, do poorly in captivity. Research has shown that they lead complex, family-oriented lives and can swim up to 100 miles a day. When kept in small tanks, these creatures suffer from a multitude of emotional and physical disabilities, and often die prematurely. Banning the import and transportation of these animals will make it harder to maintain breeding programs, as well as preventing additional dolphins and whales from entering aquariums within the state.

The time has come to bring the abusive treatment of these majestic creatures to an end. Sign below to lend your voice so that no more whales or dolphins will have to suffer for human entertainment.


Dear Governor Ige,

Scientific research has shown that cetaceans, including the orcas and dolphins that are frequently kept in captivity, are highly intelligent creatures with complex emotional and social lives. When kept in aquariums, zoos or theme parks, they suffer greatly and usually die much sooner than they would in the wild.

Given what we know, it is inhumane to continue keeping or breeding these animals in captivity. That is why we, the undersigned, urge you to support the current proposed legislation that would ban their import and transport within the state of Hawaii, and to ensure that it is signed into law, should it pass.


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