According to a news article, “Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili opened an upgraded dolphinarium and watched the show together with his family members in Batumi.”
According to the article, seven of the 15 dolphins were gifts from Japan to Georgia. Knowing how the Japanese hunt dolphins, as witnessed in the documentary “The Cove,” the concern for these and other dolphins in Japanese waters is great.
Take Action: Write a polite letter to President Saakashivili letting him know of your displeasure at reopening the dolphinarium at Batumi and urging him to not bring in any more dolphins to the facility.
In addition, do not support any marine mammal displays or shows. Do not attend performances of acrobatic dolphins. Do not support organizations with your time, talent, and money that exploit dolphins for economic gain. Support only those organizations interested in the rehabilitation of captured dolphins and in the protection of dolphins in the wild.
President Mikheil Saakashvili
c/o Embassy of Georgia
2209 Massachusetts Avenue, W
Washington, DC 20008-2813