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12/17 | - Corner of Pima Road & Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, ARIZONA (public event)
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Grey Stafford, the Dolphinaris GM who also criticized Blackfish, said two things in the Fox interview that figuratively slapped me in the face as a viewer: (paraphrased) “We’re Arizonans and we don’t have outside people telling us what to do,” and “These people are racist.”

Don S.

“Dolphinaris is about cash, not concern. Having a place like Dolphinaris is about making money. It’s about cashing in at the expense of warm-blooded mammals we know by way of scientific studies to be highly complex, to have networks of friends and family, to be intelligent, social.”

E. J. Montini, Arizona Republic columnist (5/7/16)

“Dolphinaris using highly-evolved beings as a means for people to have their fun experiences is so very downright unacceptable. Regardless of how well captive dolphins are being cared for, living in tiny man-made pools does not replicate the natural environment where everything – including, and especially, the ecosystem – works in harmony.

Laurice Dee

“This movement is about bringing an end to an outdated and unnecessary practice. We do not need to keep these large, intelligent animals in captivity for human entertainment/education. We have incredible videos that are far more impressive and will teach you more about dolphins than standing next to them in a concrete pool could ever impart.
So, let’s support the end of this practice in general, take care of the animals that are in human care now, and not perpetuate it by breeding any more dolphins.
One day our kids will be like, “We used to have dolphins in tanks? Why?”
And we’ll say, “We didn’t know better, but now we do.”

Lisa Arnseth, Dolphin Free AZ

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PODCAST: Keep the Dolphins Free

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Mrs. Green's World: Many people are unaware of the problems surrounding captive swim with the dolphin or whale programs and dolphin encounters, and the negative impact on all involved – humans, dolphins and whales. Just

Montini: Dolphin Prison Draws Out a Bit of Our… Humanity

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Arizona Republic: Not too long ago eight heavily guarded, carefully restrained prisoners were flown to Arizona and locked up in Stalag 101, the dolphin internment camp located just off the freeway on the Salt River Reservation near

Captive Dolphin Entertainment Centers Are Not Popular in Arizona, New Poll Finds

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Phoenix New Times: Almost half of all adults across Arizona oppose captive Swim-With-The-Dolphin (SWTD) entertainment centers like Dolphinaris, the facility that opened last month near Scottsdale, a new poll from Lake Research Partners finds. According

Video: Real Dolphins Trapped in Scottsdale – Help the Dolphins

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

YouTube/ Vegan Athlete: In this video, athlete Jake Mace speaks to members of Dolphin Free AZ about the problem of dolphin captivity and why it is especially inappropriate in the Arizona desert. Jake: "Please do

This Mom’s View: Pros, Cons of Taking Your Kids to Dolphinaris AZ

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

AZCentral/ Arizona Republic: It was Saturday morning, and I was on my way to Dolphinaris Arizona on the Salt River Reservation with my youngest daughter. As a journalist, I was assigned to cover the controversial

Video: Dolphinaris Opens, Several Protests Held Near Facility

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

KSAZ/ Fox 10 Phoenix: Dolphinaris Aquarium in Scottsdale opened its doors Saturday morning. Dolphinaris has been called a "next generation" facility, offering visitors a hands-on experience with dolphins. Several protests have been held during the construction

PETA: Dolphinaris AZ an “Abusement Park”

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Dolphinaris Arizona -- the swim with dolphins attraction -- has drawn a lot of controversy. On Thursday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals weighed in on that facility. In a statement

Groups Protest Dolphinaris AZ Grand Opening

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

ABC 15/Associated Press: An exhibit opening Saturday in Arizona lets people swim and play with dolphins in pools on the edge of a dirt and cactus landscape near a freeway, angering animal rights activists who

1st New Dolphin Exhibit in a Decade Opens in Scottsdale

October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

TriValley Central: SCOTTSDALE — An exhibit opening Saturday in Arizona lets people swim and play with dolphins in pools on the edge of a dirt and cactus landscape near a freeway, angering animal rights activists

Live Dolphins Shipped from Honolulu to AZ via FedEx

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

HawaiiNewsNow: Animal rights activists are upset after three live dolphins were shipped via FedEx from Honolulu to Arizona, but the organization that shipped the animals says it was safe and legal to do so. The

Dolphins Shipped to the Valley via FedEx

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

CBS 5 KPHO: Live dolphins were shipped to the Valley using FedEx and animal rights activists are upset about it. Cell phone video that was released doesn't show everything. Several people appear to be working on

10 Reasons to Oppose a Swim-With-Dolphins Aquarium in Arizona

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Phoenix New Times: It's no secret that Arizona is getting its first swim-with-the-dolphins (SWTD) entertainment center in the very near future, and it's no secret that the plan is incredibly controversial: Dolphins in the desert?!? Sounds

Dolphin Aquarium Location Draws Questions, Concerns

September 13th, 2016|0 Comments

CBS5 Investigative Report: Animal rights activists are raising questions about the location of a new dolphin aquarium that is set to open in mid-October. The facility is adjacent to Scottsdale but within the borders of the

Dolphinaris Strategy: Ride Dolphins to the Bank

September 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Scottsdale Independent: Being born in captivity does not fortify the profit-driven argument to imprison any animal. If this was rational thought, we would accept from birth the idea of living confined to the same quarters

Protesters Rally Against Arizona ‘Swim with the Dolphins’ Aquarium

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Phoenix New Times: Holding colorful posters with messages like "No Dolphin Prison" and "Thanks, but No Tanks," at least 50 men, women, and children gathered at the four corners of a busy Scottsdale intersection Saturday

Bred for Pleasure: Swimming with Dolphins in the Desert

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project: For thousands of years, dolphins have graced the myths of cultures throughout the world. There are narratives of dolphins rescuing people at sea; even dolphins and ancient Gods exchanging forms. By all accounts,

Montini: Protesters Aim To Be ‘Thorn in the Side’ of Dolphin Prison Near Scottsdale

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Arizona Republic: It’s a poetic sounding name for a prison, but Dolphinaris is nothing but a water-filled concrete-walled gulag for aquatic mammals second only to us in brain power. And most likely superior to us

Dolphins In The Desert: Process Of Bringing Dolphins To Arizona Complicated, Controversial

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

KJZZ/NPR: In a brown swath of desert just off the Via de Ventura exit on Loop 101 near north Scottsdale, you can expect to hear the cackle of desert birds, the buzz of insects, maybe

Group Protests Scottsdale Dolphin Facility

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Arizona Republic: Protesters gathered Saturday evening to oppose the opening of a new Valley attraction: Dolphinaris. The "swim with the dolphins" facility is scheduled to open later this summer or early this fall on the Salt River Reservation near

Dolphin Facility Outside Scottsdale Draws Weekend Protest from Arizona Group

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Phoenix Business Journal: Dolphinaris, being built on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community by the Mexico-based Ventura Entertainment, saw about 150 protestors at the site on Saturday in an effort organized by Dolphin Free AZ. To

Dolphins Will Be Shipped to the Desert So People Can Swim with Them

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

The Dodo: Last week, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that it would be returning its captive dolphins to the ocean to live out their days in a sea pen sanctuary. But Arizona is taking

Animal Activists Outraged Over Planned Dolphin Exhibit

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Fox News: The activists say they are planning petitions and protests to have their voices heard, and raise awareness to keep more captive dolphin exhibits from opening. To read the story, click here.

Controversy: Will Tourists Soon Swim with Captive Dolphins Near Scottsdale?

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

AZCentral: Because the dolphin project sits on tribal lands, it is not subject to the same public permitting process as a development in Scottsdale or another municipality. To read more, click here.

AZ Swim With Dolphins Biz Draws Cruelty Protests from Activists

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

12 News: Animal rights activists are outraged over why dolphins would be brought to the desert, and how they would be treated. Plans released in January 2016 show a plan for building one-million-gallon-sized tanks for eight, adult

Activists Upset Over Planned Dolphin Exhibit

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Fox 10 News: "We didn't find out about it until we learned about it in the Mexican media, and then we started to connect the dots and investigate a little bit further, and we found out

Manager of Dolphinaris Unveils Plans for Facility

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Fox 10 News: The dolphins in this desert project are leading the company and activists into uncharted waters. To read more, click here.

Protesters Aim to Put a Stop to Dolphin Attraction in Scottsdale

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

12 News: Protesters rallied in Scottsdale Saturday morning to keep dolphins from coming to the Arizona desert. Between 100 and 200 people turned up to voice their concerns. To read more, click here.

Montini: About That Grotesque Dolphin Prison Being Built Here in the Desert

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Arizona Republic - There’s a lot going on these days, so maybe you weren’t aware that a Mexico-based company is building a prison for dolphins on the Salt River Reservation near Highway 101. To read

Tens of Thousands of People Demand AZ’s Swim With Dolphins Park Be Stopped

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

EcoWatch: A plan to open a dolphin attraction in the Arizona desert is being met with intense criticism and backlash. Mexico-based company Dolphinaris is set to open a $20 million “dolphinarium” on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa

Public outcry clouds intentions of Dolphinaris Arizona

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Scottsdale Independent: “We had 200-plus protesters out there and the feedback that we’re getting is very positive,” said Don. Scott. “I just think people do not want to see animals exploited.” To read more, click here.

Yes, you CAN do something about disgusting dolphin prison near Scottsdale

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

"It’s called Dolphinaris, a friendly-sounding name for a dolphin prison in the middle of our desert, just beyond Scottsdale's border. It's a water-filled concrete-walled Alcatraz for aquatic mammals second only to us in brain power, although perhaps with

Phoenix New Times – Thousands Demand Scottsdale’s “Swim With The Dolphins” Entertainment Center Be Stopped

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

  Phoenix New Times - Thousands Demand Scottsdale's “Swim With The Dolphins” Entertainment Center Be Stopped

ABC 15 News – Dolphins in the desert? Petition trying to stop Scottsdale business

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Dolphins in the desert? Petition trying to stop Scottsdale business