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Mexico City ends commercial exploitation of marine mammals in captive facilities

Posted on 2 August 2017

On August 1st, 2017, the Mexico City Congress passed a bill in the Law of Protection of Animals prohibiting the use of marine mammals in any human-related activity such as shows, training, assisted therapy, etc..

Currently, there is one facility holding dolphins and sea lions in Mexico City, the SIX FLAGS facility in southern Mexico City. This is the former REINO AVENTURA park, which years ago held the orca Keiko, of Free Willy fame. The owner of the facility is Dolphin Discovery, and two dolphins and two sea lions are in captivity there.

The bill includes a six month period to take the animals to sea pens or a kind of sanctuary. CSI's colleague organization COMARINO was very close to the process of passing the bill, and collaborated in the drafting of the initiative led by Green Party deputy Xavier Lopez Adame.

The final result, thanks to the good work of deputy Lopez Adame was that all parties voted for the prohibition, without any fight between left or right politics. Dolphins were acknowledged as sentient beings, who suffer when held in concrete tanks. The next step for the bill is its publication in the Official Gazette of Mexico City, at which point the bill enters into force. The city Congress have spoken loudly: no dolphins in concrete tanks anymore.

Please congratulate deputy Lopez Adame and the coordinators of the local parties in the Mexico City Congress who made this possible. This is an example of how things can be done to recognize the inherent rights of animals.

Please write to:

Dip. Antonio Xavier López Adame
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Verde Ecologista de México

Dip. César Arnulfo Cravioto Romero
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional

Dip. Jesús Armando López Velarde Campa
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Movimiento Ciudadano

Dip. Jorge Romero Herrera
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Acción Nacional

Dip. Leonel Luna Estrada
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido de la Revolución Democrática

Dip. Israel Betanzos Cortés
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Revolucionario Institucional

Dip. Carlos Alfonso Candelaria López
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Encuentro Social

Dip. Juan Gabriel Corchado Acevedo
Coordinador Coalición Parlamentaria

With copy to comarino@yahoo.com

Save the Endangered Species Act!

Posted on 8 July 2017

Showing Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act, More Than 400 Conservation Groups Sign Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Wildlife Law

CSI has signed this letter!

Click here for more information.

Read the full text of the letter here.

International Save the Vaquita Day: July 8, 2017

Posted on 20 June 2017

Help to save the vaquita, one of the rarest and most endangered species of marine mammal in the world.

Click here for more information.

The Ocean Home Under Attack: Whale News Spring 2017

By Taffy Lee Williams

Posted on 30 May 2017

Here are just a few of the latest news items which are impacting whale species around the world. Today we are witnessing the earth's sixth mass extinction. One cannot separate news of the oceans from news of whales. These iconic, well studied and beloved whales mean so much to us, symbolizing looming issues we all face on the Blue Earth today. What's happening in the seas?

Taffy's article follows in this PDF file:


The Southern Right Whale In Patagonia Argentina:
"Whale Watching, Biology And Beyond"

Posted on 9 April 2017

If you're a dedicated whale watcher, you'll be excited to know that Argentina's Gulf of San Matias may provide the experience of a lifetime many have felt with the gray whales of Mexico. Because small commercial whale watches have started to bring people together with "friendly" Southern right whales in this Gulf, a scientific assessment was requested by the "Asociación de Operadores Náuticos" to the "Fundación de Historia Natural Felix de Azara" (FHNFA), to document any impact on the whales and the marine environment. Documenting the whales' behavior and biology was also part of this project. Dra. Marcela Junin and her team from the Marine mammal lab, Fundación Felix de Azara, began their assessment in 2014, with additional support from CSI in 2016.

Dra. Junin has provided this report for your pleasure, from the broad wealth of data she will submit for her formal scientific report. While CSI is especially pleased that we could help support the study, we're dedicated whale watchers at heart, and wonder when we'll have a chance to experience this ourselves!

Dra. Junin's report follows in this PDF file:


CONNY's 40th Birthday Celebration!

On June 25, 2016, CSI celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the building of CONNY, the life-size ferro-concrete model of a sperm whale built by CSI in 1976 on the grounds of the Children's Museum at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, CT.

The celebration included programs by CSI as well as Don Sineti and Friends performing live, and the Connecticut River Ramblers performing live. It also included Robbins Barstow's video of the amazing story of the construction of CONNY, which required many hours of volunteer labor and donated materials. Some of the people who built CONNY were on hand, too.

The Movie SONIC SEA Shown In Hartford, CT

"Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution."

The movie SONIC SEA was shown at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, on May 23 through May 26, 2016. CSI was there to make a presentation on each night. Thanks to everyone who organized this event, and everyone who attended the movie!

See the movie's web site at www.sonicsea.org.

CSI's Anti-Captivity Flyer

CSI's 1997 anti-captivity flyer is still relevant today, even with outdated statistics. Its message is even more powerful than today's headlines in major media, as reflected by Wall Street, SeaWorld's increasing panic, and the public's realization that their tickets support the exploitation of the captives. Read it here:

Don't Be Held Captive To Any Illusions: CSI's anti-captivity flyer

TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

AWI Scientist Dr. Naomi Rose Highlights How Captivity Destroys Orca Family Structure

CSI is a founding partner in the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).

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