This blog is as much for ex-cetacean trainers and presenters as it is for those dedicated activists who, for no financial gain, sacrifice much of their lives raising awareness about the plight of our captive Atlanteans. In stark contrast, I must add, to the leading animal charities who seem more motivated in promoting their own lucrative anti-captivity messages than in supporting their less-grand, unpaid counterparts.
How many activists have, on occasions, asked a major charity for help? And how many have been blatantly ignored …? Nuff said!
This unhealthy sense of competition between charities, activists and those involved in the captive industry has been around for decades – particularly apparent between cetacean trainers themselves:
Who trained the first forward somersault?
Who trained the best show in town?
Who will be the first to train the shadow ballet?
Fierce rivalries in which I played a huge part. Shameful obsessions that turned competing trainers into nothing short of snarling adversaries - a situation nurtured by opposing dolphinaria companies which, of course, hoped to reap the financial benefits.
This competitiveness is as real today as it was back in my day. Trainers, presenters, handlers, activists and anti-captivity charities all swept up by delusions of grandeur, all cloaked in glorious isolationism, whilst our beautiful Atlanteans continue to pay the price. This exploitive industry only continues to prosper, because we – as a collective – jealously refuse to work together.
So this is my plea to ex-dolphinaria workers globally:
Put your inbuilt competitive streaks aside and unite in working with the millions of dedicated activists. WE are the ones in the know, and only by working as a team can WE right OUR wrongs. Only TOGETHER can we put this vile industry to the sword.
www.theperfectpairdolphintrilogy.com is offering a blog spot to any ex-dolphinaria worker wishing to write their own exposé – a chance to feature on a website that reaches hundreds of people a day. If you genuinely regret your involvement in the captive cetacean industry and are still haunted by your experiences, here is your chance to secure some peace of mind.
We cannot change the past, but we CAN influence the future.
Thanks for listening.
David Capello, ex-trainer