The Desert is No Place for Dolphins

The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Photo by Joakim Syversen

Dolphins should live in the sea, not in a concrete pool. Yet The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas thinks otherwise. Since 1990, they have featured dolphins in an exhibit. Over that time, 14 dolphins have died, most well before their natural time.

NHES opposes using wild and exotic animals as a means of human entertainment and economic gain. Forcing an animal, such as a dolphin, to live in a concrete pool his or her entire, and most often abbreviated, life is inhumane. These animals are often captured in an extremely violent and cruel manner. Many are either killed or injured during the capture process and others die before reaching their destination. Those animals who do survive are subjected to a lifetime of confinement, unable to express normal behaviors or interact socially, and are subject to diseases and illnesses brought on by their unnatural surroundings.

Ask The Mirage to close down their dolphin exhibit and instead be true to the Las Vegas theme of extravagant entertainment by using the human animal—the best species to excite and amaze the visiting public.

Felix Rappaport, President
The Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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