Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures with complex social structures. Captive dolphins live in barren environments that are less than 1% of their natural habitat and are often paired with unfamiliar dolphins. Captive cetaceans are susceptible to many ailments such as digestive blockages (due to swallowing foreign objects), malnutrition and mental instability. Scientists note that these animals are at a greater risk of contracting communicable diseases, skin disorders caused by chemicals that are used to treat tank water, and inescapable aggravated attacks from tank mates.
Promoting dolphin captivity to very young children through a toy is unacceptable. This playset is teaching children that dolphins exist strictly for human entertainment and will likely create a desire to see these animals in captive environments. A recent study confirmed that over 60% of children unfortunately do not learn anything from visits to the zoo. Instead of promoting dolphins in tanks we are encouraging Fisher-Price to instead encourage children to respect animals in their natural habitats.
Fisher-Price has the chance to join the ongoing movement world-wide that supports freedom for whales and dolphins. Children are so impressionable, especially at the Fisher-Price age. We suggest the remarket of this toy (and others similar) to endorse animals in their native environments.
Please assist us in asking Fisher-Price to remove the Little People Aquarium Visit playset from their product list and end the sale of this toy.