One year on from the launch of the SEA LIES campaign we felt it was about time CAPS and our concerned supporters had some answers from Merlin Entertainments about the three beluga whales they hold captive in their centre in Shanghai. Following the incredible actions of our supporters over the Easter weekend who took to the streets and online to speak out for the whales, CAPS sent a letter to Merlin CEO, Nick Varney. The letter outlined a series of questions regarding the future for …Read More »
CAPS activists: Are you free to help us raise awareness about the imprisoned belugas on Saturday June 6th?
The worldwide Empty the Tanks Day of Action takes place on June 6th. We are are collaborating with Empty the Tanks and we hope you can support the anti-cetacean captivity protests in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Our leaflets against the whales held captive by Sea Life will be distributed as part of the protests. Please let us know if you can take part in these protests or organise …
Yesterday, Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of SEA LIFE aquariums announced its half-year financial results to the world. Proudly boasting of income growth of £30 million, the company has raked in a massive £513 million pounds in just the first six months of the year. The company further promotes a huge £61 million expenditure on its existing attractions, including: a new roller coaster and a new captive penguin display. Meanwhile the three beluga whales held captive in the Shanghai SEA LIFE centre continue to perform in …Read More »
We are delighted to share these brilliant photos from the Risky Business Drama Group and Media group, who are getting behind the SEA LIES campaign. Here is the message from the group:
We are Risky Business drama group and the Media Group.
We are part of Skillnet Group which supports people with learning difficulties to progess and be equal.
Patrica says “I wanted to take part in this campaign because i didn’t like what i saw when I went to an aquarium. It’s not nice for the animals to …Read More »
A senior staff member at Merlin Entertainments, the UK company responsible for the daily exploitation of three beluga whales in circus-style shows in its Shanghai centre, has stated that the company is close to making an announcement about the future of the whales. A CAPS spokesperson said that an announcement to clarify the company’s position would be welcome, but that only an immediate end to the whale shows and a clear and deliverable retirement plan would halt the ongoing campaign.
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In the UK, SEA LIFE aquariums pretend to be opposed to keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. They even claim to be campaigning for an end to dolphinariums in Europe. But the farcical nature of these claims was exposed when a CAPS investigation revealed that the SEA LIFE centre in Shanghai, China, hosts three times daily shows with performing wild-caught beluga whales.
In correspondence with CAPS, SEA LIFE have claimed to be “concerned with” the fact that the whales are in Shanghai and are “working hard …Read More »
On the 4th June, SEA LIFE Aquariums hosted an evening entitled “Whales and Dolphins of the Southern Oceans” at its site in Melbourne, Australia. Touted as an “opportunity to do your bit to help protect the marine environment” and “with 100 per cent of ticket sales going directly towards conservation initiatives”, it presented itself as a great way to spend an evening, whilst helping cetaceans and other marine life.
But, despite promoting the experts who would “share the secrets on the dolphin and whale species that …Read More »
CAPS’ campaign to call for an end to SEA LIFE aquarium’s cruel use of beluga whales in three times daily circus shows in the Shanghai SEA LIFE centre was launched six weeks ago. Since then, thousands have joined the call on the company to end the exploitation and retire the whales to safety. To-date those calls have been ignored as the company told CAPS it sees “no merit” in discussing the whales in Shanghai. The whales continue to perform to up to 6,000 screaming people …Read More »
As the SEA LIES campaign gathers momentum, we were delighted to receive these photos from friends at Animals Asia as Students at the Maritime Shanghai University staged an awareness-raising demonstration against whale and dolphin captivity. The University is located just one hour’s drive from the Chang Feng SEA LIFE centre, which uses performing whales in shows three times a day.
The message from the students, who were photographed holding anti-captivity placards for the event, was simple. A large red banner behind them, which was signed by supportive …Read More »
CAPS is delighted to announce that, following the launch of the SEA LIES campaign, which calls upon the world’s largest aquarium brand, SEA LIFE, to end its circus-style whale shows in its Shanghai centre, the charity has joined forces with the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) to drive the campaign forward.
The WCA is comprised of over fifty partner organisations; all working with the shared aim of protecting cetaceans in their natural habitat and ending their use in captivity. CAPS Director, Liz Tyson, said:
“We are absolutely delighted …Read More »