Saturday 21 July 2018 | 5

One Voice at the heart of Superpod 6

One Voice was at the global meeting of cetacean specialists, Superpod, in San Juan Island, on the peaceful border between the United States and Canada. Muriel Arnal presented our fight for orcas and captive dolphins in France.

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Superpod

In 2011, a small group of enthusiasts and cetacean experts came together to reflect and coordinate their actions for the defence of marine mammals. Superpod (the name given to the meeting of several pods of cetaceans) is the cradle of the Blackfish effect. This is where the idea of the documentary film came from, released in 2013, retracing tragically the birth and life of the famous orca Tilikum. This is where this big movement started that finally changed things, at the origins of the abandonment of the Seaworld breeding program of orcas. Since then, the event has brought together scientists, experts, former trainers, journalists and NGO leaders from around the world, working towards an end to the exploitation and hunting of cetaceans.

One Voice at Superpod 6

Thursday July 19thMuriel Arnal made a presentation during the 6thedition of Superpod, the fight of One Voice for dolphins and captive orcas in France: Femke, the broken hearted mother of dolphins that we filmed just floating motionless in her pool last May. But also, the orcas Wikie, Inouk, Keijo and Shouka that we still follow closely. With great emotion, Muriel recounted the tragic fate of Orca Valentin at Marineland and that of the little dolphin Aïcko to an audience of internationally renowned experts, such as: Naomi Rose, Ingrid Visser, Lori Marino, Ken Balcomb. All were touched by the story of these broken lives, which motivates our fight for a new dolphinarium decree to be passed and finally these captive cetaceans can be released.

Together for cetaceans

Other speakers spoke of the fate of Keiko, Morgan and Lolita; one of the goals of Superpod 6 is to share information and to work together. The dramatic situation of the local resident orcas, Lolita's family, was also at the heart of the debates. Their population has been decimated by their hunting to supply the dolphinariums in America and Europe, and today they are dying from hunger because of human activities. The only population of orcas to die in the world, a sanctuary that would feed them is now reflecting. Another big problem is dozens of dolphinariums under construction in Russia and China. How many dolphins, belugas, sea lions and other marine mammals are going to be torn from their families or perish because of these hunts needed to fill these newly built pools? More than ever, we must stand together to face this industry, wherever it develops. Together we are stronger.

In France, One Voice continues its fight for the closure of dolphinariums and the placement of captive cetaceans into marine sanctuaries. On July 26th, we will be meeting at the Ministry of Ecology, as French representatives of the Dolphinarium Free Europe coalition, alongside our partners Sea Shepherd of France, and Cetacean Networks. Please sign and share the petition for the adoption of a new decree and the closing of dolphinariums!

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Manu74 | Sunday 29 July 2018

INADMISSIBLE!!!

Monique | Thursday 26 July 2018

Laissez les dauphins et les orques en liberté

Catherine | Thursday 26 July 2018

si vous saviez comme j'en ai marre q'on les massacre a force il restera plus rien dans les océans car l'homme détruit tout

trochu | Saturday 21 July 2018

Je suis contente de savoir que de grands spécialistes des cétacés oeuvrent à vos côtés ONE VOICE, afin de réfléchir et mettre en place un projet permettant de libérer à jamais tous ces malheureux animaux enfermés et privés des leurs et de liberté "juste pour distraire, pour amuser" des humains qui n'ont aucune conscience, ni éthique et ni morale, et cautionner et tolérer de telles souffrances et exploitations d'animaux. Je pense également qu'il y a un manque de réflexion et de profondeur et d'intelligence du coeur en considérant encore les animaux comme de simples "objets à la merci des humains", ce qui est révoltant et attristant, car nous le savons l'exploitation animale engendre l'exploitation humaine et vice versa tout est lié, et il s'agit toujours d'êtres fragiles, vulnérables ne pouvant se défendre ce qui est encore plus grave et inacceptable. Le combat doit continuer et ne cessera qu'à la libération totale de tous ces très intelligents animaux et la fermeture définitive de tous ces bassins de la honte.