THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY’S TRAINER CHALLENGES 'A REVIEW OF DOLPHINARIA' BY KLINOWSKA AND BROWN
I'M THROUGH PUSSYFOOTING AROUND!
With all the recent publicity surrounding the South Elmsall secret training pool, this is as good a time as any to put the record straight. As the former head trainer featured in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy book series, I learned my craft at this West Yorkshire location. It’s time that both public and activists knew the TRUE facts, so here they are laid out for all to read.
DAVID CAPELLO, HEAD TRAINER:
THE TRAINER THE UK CETA CHARITIES WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE NEVER EXISTED.
The credits of David C Holroyd (stage name David Capello), the first trainer to graduate from the South Elmsall facility:
I PUBLICLY CHALLENGE THE KLINOWSKA AND BROWN REPORT!
This official Government-commissioned report on UK dolphinaria did not name several of the early South Elmsall dolphins. The records of those it did name were riddled with inaccuracies, ie dates of arrival, dates and places of death. Why?
Why did such a vital piece of work close its eyes to the memory of these sad but magnificent Atlantean performers?
Could it be that those who supplied the information had a different agenda? Could it be that, such was their shame surrounding the treatment of the Entam dolphins, those involved chose to cover up the existence of certain dolphins, whilst falsifying the records of others?
I strongly believe this to be the case because the vast amount of information submitted to the researchers was presented by the captive cetacean industry itself. By this, I mean those people who worked for the UK aqua circus, ie owners, vets and animal celebrities who went on to build lucrative careers on the back of dolphin suffering.
WHY DID THE UK CHARITIES CHOOSE TO BLACKLIST CAPELLO'S VITAL EXPOSE?
I refer you back to my last comment: animal celebrities who went on to build lucrative careers on the back of dolphin suffering.
As most people are now aware, the villain of The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy exposé was a character named Tommy Backhouse (a fictitious name designed to avoid legal problems at the time of publication).
Tommy Backhouse’s true name was Terry Nutkins, Entam’s then general manager. He became a famous 1980s presenter of animal programmes (most notably Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show). He was also known to several charities because of his work with cetaceans and his links to naturalist and author, Gavin Maxwell - just one of the MANY reasons that might explain the UK ceta charities’ stubborn reluctance to support The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy exposé.
However, what cannot be explained is why a UK ceta charity director, Margaux Dodds of Marine Connection and Dolphinaria-Free Europe, covertly tried to discredit the exposé, asking other charity directors NOT to support it – a shameful stifling of the truth that, to my mind, has cost the lives of many captive dolphins.
So, there you have it: a web of skulduggery to maintain a cover-up that was hatched by the UK captive industry over 50 years ago - sadly, a mantle that the ceta charities have happily taken up. This well-orchestrated ghosting has now failed BIG-TIME thanks to photographer and entrepreneur Jonathan Straight’s South Elmsall museum exhibition - not forgetting the brave journalism of the Yorkshire press, who have each done their bit in getting out the truth about the existence of South Elmsall’s secret pool. Their coverage has helped to give the ill-fated South Elmsall dolphins a voice.
So, thank you The Yorkshire Post, Wakefield Express, Pontefract and Castleford Express and all those smaller online media outlets who took this story to their hearts.
To finish, as the former trainer of all the dolphins mentioned above, I am sorely aware that I cannot undo my wrongs. However, I can shine a light on the truth – a truth that has been so long denied to ceta activists globally.
Thus, I dedicate this blog to my precious Atlanteans: Duchess, Herb’e, Scouse, Baby Dai, Stumpy, Bubbles, Big Mama, Eccles, Twinkle, Bonnie, Clyde and all those other innocents who followed. Please forgive!
Thanks for reading. I WILL answer all questions and comments addressed to this blog.
David C Holroyd, aka David Capello, former head trainer, Entam Leisure, Trusthouse Forte.
Click on the links below to read more about the South Elmsall dolphin-training pool.
South Elmsall Stories - The Dolphinarium (facesofsouthelmsall.com)
Dolphins in a West Yorkshire swimming pool | Faces of South Elmsall | Jonathan Straight - YouTube
The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy Book Series Authors' Blog
An excellent blog, but I would like to make comment about one of the authors of A Review of Dolphinaria, Dr Margaret Klinowska.
Thanks for commenting, Tracy. As most ceta activists know, the Klinowska and Brown report signalled the end of the UK aqua circus, proving what I have always said about the companies that ran these so-called entertainment venues: dolphin welfare comes a very poor second to making money!
I've never made a comment on one of your blogs before, because I'm not an animal activist, but I am a huge fan of your dolphin books. So I can well understand your disappointment and frustration at the lack of support from UK charities, as I would have thought that they would have jumped at the chance to expose the terrible treatment dished out to your Entam dolphins. But what I find even more shameful is that a UK charity director actually went out to try and discredit your story. Why would she do that, David?
Why indeed, Wendy? Why would Margaux Dodds and her then cohort Gaye Hunter dedicate so much of their time trying to discredit me and my expose, when they could have spent their valuable time saving dolphins? A question you would need to ask them. However, I have my own theories:
As the co-author of these award-winning books, and someone who has contributed money to animal rights charities since the age of 10, I wanted to reply to this comment. We seriously believe that the blocking perpetrated by the charities and their activist supporters is down to professional jealousy. It galls me that the pro-cap elements that were attacking us were able to cease their heinous activities and leave it all to the anti-cap elements instead. All our trouble came from Margaux Dodds' clique. This charity director has her sticky fingers in many pies.
The South Elmsall facility.
Wow, Nico! Where to start answering your mammoth comment! You have touched on so many aspects of this blog.
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