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 students, said: “My smile belongs to the ocean”.
Said CAPS Director, Liz Tyson:
“So far, SEA LIFE and Merlin have refused to listen, or respond in any meaningful way, to the thousands of people that have spoken out against their cruel use of whales in circus-style shows. We hope that this strong message being sent to the UK company from compassionate students in Shanghai will drive the message home. The company’s actions are opposed both here and China. It is time to do something about it and bring the suffering of the whales to an end once and for all”.
The photographs came to light just days after CAPS was welcomed as a partner into the World Cetacean Alliance; a coalition of over 50 organisations working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from harm.
Ms Tyson added:
“The campaign grows and becomes stronger by the day. SEA LIFE told us that it sees “no merit” in discussing the continued exploitation of the whales. As more and more people call for answers, this stance becomes increasingly difficult to defend. We will continue to call for answers and need more people to join us in doing so”.
Ms Tyson urged people that had not yet done so to sign the petition to call for an end to the whale shows and for the whales to be retired to safety.