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End Sales of the “Little People Aquarium Visit” Playset

awfulDolphins 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.

Alex Lewis-Dorer

Alex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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