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Spanish language article about this below is online now at
http://www.miprv.com/director-de-the-cove-hablara-esta-noche-en-cnn-en-contra-del-delfinario-de-san-juan/

(see original English language email down below)
OR if above link is broken, try http://tinyurl.com/66u8f2s


Also, there is an excellent documentary called A Fall From Freedom -- the Untold Story Behind the Captive Whale and Dolphin Industry, with a website where you can view the entire documentary online for free, courtesy of the organization FRIENDS OF ANIMALS, go to http://afallfromfreedom.org/view-movie  to see the 82 minute film


Ric O' Barry, de 'The Cove', hablar� en CNN sobre el Delfinario de San Juan

PUBLICADO EN OCT 28, 2011, EN: ECOTURISMO Y NATURALEZA


La periodista Jane Velez-Mitchell entrevistar� al activista Ric O'Barry sobre el propuesto delfinario para San Juan.

Por Jos� E. Maldonado
Miprv.com

Ric O'Barry, famoso por su participaci�n en el aclamado documental The Cove y el activista m�s conocido a nivel mundial en contra de la captura de delfines y otros mam�feros marinos, se expresar� sobre el propuesto Delfinario para San Juan esta noche (28 de octubre) a las 7 p.m. en el programa 'Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell' transmitido por el canal HNL (Headline News) de CNN.

O'Barry hablar� en el programa sobre el Delfinario propuesto por el alcalde Jorge Santini para el �rea del Escambr�n y que se promociona como un centro tur�stico y para ofrecer terapia a ni�os con autismo, s�ndrome Down y otras discapacidades.

Hablar� adem�s acerca de una demanda radicada esta semana por la organizaci�n PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) en contra de la empresa SeaWorld por �esclavitud� ya que mantienen a cinco ballenas orca capturadas en el mar captivas.

La periodista Jane Velez-Mitchell ha discutido en su programa muchos temas relacionados al ambiente y el buen trato a los animales.

Mientras, O�Barry ha ayudado a hacer campa�as exitosas en contra de la apertura de nuevas instalaciones alrededor del mundo como la que se planifica para San Juan y el cierre de muchas otras. Su organizaci�n Save the Dolphins ha publicado numerosos estudios realizados por cient�ficos expertos en la materia sobre la �terapia con delfines�, cuyos efectos no han podido ser comprobados cient�ficamente.

Haz click aqu� para ver el listado de instalaciones cerradas o nunca abiertas.

Glen Venezio, de la organizaci�n �Animal Concerns Puerto Rico�, dijo a Mi Puerto Rico Verde que ayud� a la periodista Velez-Mitchell a cubrir la historia que ir� al aire esta noche.

�Las calles de Puerto Rico est�n llenas de miles de perros y gatos que est�n sufriendo, hambrientos, muchos de ellos enfermos� Yo personalmente cuido a m�s de 100 gatos en las calles siete d�as a la semana, al punto de que me he afectado financiera y emocionalmente. La isla tiene un par de zool�gicos con animales languideciendo en peque�as jaulas o peque�os �ambientes� y un presupuesto que casi no da para cuidarlos, y ahora quieren traer delfines aqu� para que vivan en una peque�a piscina por el resto de sus vidas para que naden en c�rculos con los turistas extranjeros y locales que quiz�s no sepan o no comprendan la crueldad inherente en estas atracciones�, dijo Venezio en una comunicaci�n escrita a Mi Puerto Rico Verde.

En la edici�n m�s reciente de la revista San Juan News, publicada por el Municipio de San Juan y distribuida en el diario El Nuevo D�a en la capital, se destaca el Delfinario en la portada y se dice en el art�culo que el proyecto ha sido asignado por el alcalde Santini a la empresa Dolphin Bay y se desarrollar� en seis cuerdas de terreno entre El Escambr�n y el cerrado hotel Normandie.

Dolphin Bay es una divisi�n de Dolphin Discovery Entertainment of Puerto Rico Inc., presidida por Hugo de la Uz.

De acuerdo a San Juan News, esta empresa �se ha dado a la tarea de consolidar un grupo de trabajo con vasta experiencia en el manejo de facilidades de este tipo�. El art�culo no detalla los costos del proyecto o si ser� financiado con fondos p�blicos o por Dolphin Discovery Entertainment.

En internet no se encontr� informaci�n sobre Dolphin Bay o su empresa matriz, pero en la p�gina de Facebook de Hugo de la Uz, �ste poste� la historia sobre el Delfinario publicada por Mi Puerto Rico Verde y escribi� lo siguiente:

�El maltrato de delfines (y de muchos otros animales) es com�n y desagradable. Sin embargo no es as� en todas partes. Todos estamos en desacuerdo del trato que se ve en el documental The Cove y aplaudimos y apoyamos a Save The Dolphins al cerrar los delfinarios que no cumplen con las reglamentaciones. En SJ el delfinario que promueve Santini ser�a uno de los mejores del mundo y tiene como prioridad ser un delfinario humanitario y respetar no s�lo a los delfines sino a toda la vida animal. El pueblo de PR merece o�r todos los pros y los contras que un delfinario trae para los delfines y para la gente. Vamos a tratar de mantener una mente abierta y no ser fan�ticos de la pol�tica, ni de The Cove ni de los delfinarios hasta que leamos y aprendamos del nuevo delfinario de Santini�.

Pendientes esta noche a Mi Puerto Rico Verde para detalles sobre el programa de Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Lee aqu� la historia de portada sobre el Delfinario en la revista del Municipio, San Juan News:

Haz click en estos enlaces para conocer m�s sobre porqu� los delfinarios no son una buena idea:

http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=754

http://www.wspa-international.org/helping/animalfriendlyliving/captivedolphins.aspx

http://www.wspa-usa.org/wspaswork/marinemammals/wrongwithswimwithdolphins.aspx


On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM, Glen sethspeaksnyc@gmail.com  wrote:

The Friday show (October 28th), of ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, on HLN will feature an interview with Ric O'Barry, star of the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary THE COVE, and world renowned marine mammal expert and activist. Ric will discuss 2 topics, one is the dolphinarium (delfinario) being planned by Mayor Jorge Santini for the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is being publicized in the media by the city as a planned tourist attraction where people can swim with dolphins, and as a center for "dolphin assisted therapy" with children who are autistic, have Down's Syndrome, and other disabilities; the other topic is the lawsuit filed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on behalf of five wild-caught orcas now captive at SeaWorld (Ric O'Barry is a party in the lawsuit as an expert on behalf of the orcas).

ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, airs on HLN (formerly known as CNN Headline News channel), 7pm Eastern time/6pm Central time/ 5pm Mountain time and 4 pm Pacific time (calculate further or check your local listings if you are in Hawaii, Alaska, etc., for your local time zone based on 7pm Eastern......Puerto Rico time is currently the same as Eastern time during this time of year, so if you are in Puerto Rico, the show airs from 7 to 8 pm). Show webpage is at http://cnn.com/Jane .Friday October 28th--TODAY/TONIGHT's show --this story will air at some point during the one hour broadcast (usually, the animal pieces air in the last 10 minutes of the show or thereabouts, but not always, depends on many last-minute factors)

(For those unable to tune in, a video clip of the story from today's show will be available sometime in the next few days on the website of CNN.)

Ric O'Barry has helped to successly campaign to prevent the opening of, or to close down captive dolphin facilities (dolphinariums and marine mammal parks) all over the world, a list of such closed or never opened facilities is at http://savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/captive-facilities-closed "Dolphin assisted therapy" for children with disabilities has been scientifically invalidated by world renowned marine mammal experts.

I am proud to have suggested that Jane Velez-Mitchell cover the planned San Juan Puerto Rico dolphinarium, and I helped her to put this story together for her show this Friday. Puerto Rico is full of thousands dogs and cats suffering, hungry, and many ill, all over the streets (I myself take care of over 100 cats in the streets of Puerto Rico 7 days a week to the point of being broke financially and totally exhausted physically and emotionally), has a couple of zoos with animals languishing in tiny cages or tiny "environments" that there is barely enough funding to take care of them, etc. And now they want to bring dolphins here to have them live in a tiny pool for the rest of their lives so they can swim around in circles with tourists and locals who might not have any understanding or awareness of the inherent cruelty.

See the following links for more information on the cruelty of keeping dolphins captive, and on the scientific invalidity of what is known as "dolphin assisted therapy":

http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=754

http://www.wspa-international.org/helping/animalfriendlyliving/captivedolphins.aspx

http://www.wspa-usa.org/wspaswork/marinemammals/wrongwithswimwithdolphins.aspx

There is further information below about the planned dolphinarium (delfinario in Spanish), as well as information about PETA's lawsuit on behalf of the orcas at SeaWorld parks in the US.

Please tune in to Jane Velez-Mitchell's show on Friday (today/tonight!) on HLN to see the segment with Ric O'Barry, and please spread the word about this by forwarding this email to your friends and contacts who might have an interest. Let's work together to ensure that Puerto Rico does not make the grave mistake of bringing dolphins here to become captive for the rest of their lives, we have enough more than enough sad situations with animals here in Puerto Rico to deal with already!!!

thank you for your attention,

Glen Venezio

Animal Concerns Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR

The Mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico, Jorge Santini, has announced a plan to open the first and only dolphinarium in Puerto Rico ("Delfinario" in Spanish), with the first stage of planning to be completed by November 2012. He has chosen a developer for this initiative, Mr. Hugo de la Uz, of the company Dolphin Discovery Entertainment of Puerto Rico Inc. They plan to bring bottlenose dolphins to be used there, in "swim with dolphins" programs and so-called "dolphin therapy", for children with autism, Down's symdrome, and other handicaps. This "dolphin therapy" is being promoted in the media about the project being released by the City of San Juan as a main "selling point" of the dolphinarium.


Most of the articles existing about this project are only in Spanish. I will copy and paste them below, followed by "machine translations" from Google Translate, which are not fully correct translations into English, but at least give a basic idea of what the articles say.



A TV commercial has been released by the Mayor and City of San Juan, showing the planned dolphinarium, along with other planned development in San Juan, it is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl5H1eh-bCo



"Dolphin therapy" has been shown to be basically invalid by numerous marine mammal experts. Here are some links about that, as well as about the inherent cruelty involved in keeping dolphins captive


http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=754


http://www.wspa-international.org/helping/animalfriendlyliving/captivedolphins.aspx



http://www.wspa-usa.org/wspaswork/marinemammals/wrongwithswimwithdolphins.aspx












An article with photos of the plans/models of the dolphinarium is online in the SAN JUAN NEWS magazine published the City of San Juan, on the cover and on pages 5-10. see the magazine at http://issuu.com/sanjuannews/docs/san_juan_news_oct-nov


















http://www.miprv.com/el-lado-oscuro-del-dolphin-tale-del-alcalde-santini/






El lado oscuro del 'dolphin tale' del alcalde Santini

PUBLICADO EN OCT 19, 2011, EN: ECOTURISMO Y NATURALEZA


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