Since the launch of our most recent campaign, SEA LIES, I have connected with those working for the protection of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). We haven't worked directly in this field during the years I have been with the organization I now front and so, for me, many of the great people I am now in contact with are new to me.
With the exception of one or two that I have come across (and please do correct me if I am wrong in the comments section below), I have been interested to find that there seems to be a strong crossover between marine conservation organizations and campaigners working to end cetacean captivity. Many organizations focused upon the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild also actively campaign against, or at least have a publicized opposition in principle to, the keeping of cetaceans in captivity.
This may seem like something of a "no brainer" to those reading this; we know that cetaceans are complex, social, far ranging and intelligent animals and it stands to reason that keeping these animals in a swimming pool is not only a grossly inadequate attempt to meet their needs but, many would agree, is a form of abuse in itself. Of course the issue of orcas in captivity has been brought to the fore in the last year thanks to the incredible documentary, "Blackfish." This has undoubtedly had a profound impact on people's perceptions of the operation of those sites that do continue to keep dolphins and whales in this way.