Monday 14 September 2020 | 23

Counselling for the staff of Planète Sauvage, which is claiming 100,000 Euros from us!

Following a visit from our investigators at the end of May when lockdown ended but when the limit of 100km around home still applied, Planète Sauvage had threatened to bring a complaint against us if the images were published. We did publish them, because our specific rôle is to defend captive dolphins. In their view it was the last straw, and the dolphinarium in Nantes, which said it was losing money because of us, submitted a statement to back up their response to our complaint about the death of Aïcko. They want to reduce us to silence by demanding that we pay them 100,000 Euros!

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Staff who can't see straight when faced with the truth?

First attack: they asked for our complaint relating to Aïcko to be dismissed, claiming that we had "no interest in bringing a legal action". However that is the precise object of our association. Then they claimed that their business had suffered because of our campaigns. Management of the park even provided counselling for staff and blamed us. Finally they are demanding 100,000 Euros in damages and a minimum of 15,000 Euros!

It's great if it's thanks to us that the public are losing interest in witnessing suffering!

Before the associations and scientists who were active in protecting dolphins, belugas, orcas and other large marine creatures made the public at large aware of their sentience, dolphinariums were able to indoctrinate young unskilled trainers to their hearts' content, a phenomenon that is very well described in 'Blackfish', the documentary film dedicated to Tilikum.

The lies and distortions of the truth were denounced and demonstrated by former trainers in no uncertain terms, including after the loss of human lives.  It is no surprise under these circumstances that the employees are not happy in their work. Nor is it surprising that they need psychological support when their work involves seeing animals that are so amazing and so thirsty for freedom suffer hour after hour for years on end and even die!

Will proof of the truth about the death of Aïcko be revealed one day?

We have never denied that our aim is an end to the keeping of dolphins and orcas in captivity. Quite simply, the death of the young Aïcko involved unimaginable cruelty. Since his death in these enclosures we have repeatedly demonstrated what really happened.  The dolphin calf lived a life of hell, attacked 78 times by the other dolphins, who had become mad with stress.  He was not protected, was badly treated, was drowned and had his jaw dislocated.

As an animal-protection association we were not going to be satisfied with the explanations put forward by the keepers and the management of Planète Sauvage. The park would have had nothing to gain from revealing the poor way in which it looks after dolphins, in particular in the last few months of Aïcko's life. 

Sadness in a sort of goldfish bowl

When our investigators returned to the dolphinarium to see how the animals were, they found Galéo, Aïcko's brother, still covered in bites, Lucille lonely, and the others, also isolated, going round in circles, including Amtan, near the end of her pregnancy at the time and who subsequently lost her calf scarcely a week after he was born. The head trainer had provided the rare visitors with a demonstration of pool surfing, drawn by dolphins.  That's no life for them.  And there's no harm in saying it loud and clear.

An exorbitant sum claimed by the dolphinarium from an NGO!

Therefore instead of responding to our complaint relating to Aïcko with comprehensive documentation and keeping a low profile – after all a dolphin calf died by throwing himself against a wall of their pools – they prefer to attack us and demand an astronomical sum in order to silence us.  They hope that if they cut off these funds we should no longer have the resources to continue campaigning.  They have tried to gag us with threats.  And as we are not keeping quiet they are now putting their threats into practice in the courts.  In demanding such a sum the powerful group that owns numerous animal parks, including Planète Sauvage, know what they're doing.  But it seems they don't know who they're dealing with!  We shall continue tirelessly to denounce the suffering of the dolphins!  Nothing shall stop us!

Translated from the original French by Patricia Fairey

Julia Mothé
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In the subject

Council of State dolphinarium decree: a rapporteur just doesn't get it!
Open letter for the attention of Barbara Pompili

Comments 23

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Kamysha | Wednesday 23 September 2020

Il est temps que les gens boycottent ce genre des distractions, on peux pas fermer les yeux à la souffrance animale.
Bravo à vous One Voice 👏vous faites un travail exceptionnel !!!

Bertrus 05 | Tuesday 22 September 2020

Le monde à l'envers ! Les tortionnaires demandent des dommages et intérêts aux bienfaiteurs des animaux.

Isabelle | Sunday 20 September 2020

Merci One voice. Ne lâchez rien !
Bravo à tous ceux qui ne mettent plus les pieds dans les delphinariums !!!
Encore plus nombreux pour mettre fin à ces prisons...

trochu | Wednesday 16 September 2020

Ahurissant ! savoir que ces pauvres animaux sont à la merci de telles créatures fait peur et est inquiétant,car OUI, ce n'est que super si "leur clientèle" a baissé et si les gens ouvrent enfin les yeux sur l'envers du décor des delphinariums, des bassins et donc de la souffrance extrême et de l'emprisonnement total de ces ANIMAUX ETRES VIVANTS.
C'est sidérant de constater à quel point ces gens là sont prêts à tout pour gagner de l'argent surtout sur le dos de pauvres ANIMAUX inoffensifs et très intelligents et cela est valable également pour les cirques et tous autres domaines exploitant ignoblement DES ETRES VIVANTS "à des fins distractives, d'amusement". C'est HONTEUX ET INACCEPTABLE et une fois de plus que font les politiques ? entendent ils la souffrance et la misère de tous CES ANIMAUX, entendent-ils les voix de leurs protecteurs de leurs défenseurs car nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à exiger que cessent toutes ces exploitations et utilisations D ANIMAUX pour les fins immondes et odieuses d'humains. Je vous soutiens profondément et fermement ONE VOICE afin que ces dauphins soient définitivement libérés de leurs tortionnaires et afin que bien évidemment vous obteniez justice pour eux !