Captivity

Did you know there are currently 9 dolphins suffering on the Las Vegas strip at the Mirage hotel? Stay up to date with our research via our blog.

Cruelty

Continue to place pressure on MGM officials to provide a simple shade structure to protect the dolphins anguishing from the intense UV rays.

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The Cards Are In Your Hands, Bill Maher

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It has been brought to our attention that comedian Bill Maher is set to perform at the Mirage in just a few days. This is a big deal because Bill Maher is an animal rights activist, and a celebrity PETA supporter. PETA actively condemns The Mirage and their use of dolphins as aquatic circus entertainers

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Seaworld’s “Beetle” Dolphin Dies in Casino Swimming Pool

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In a press statement from MGM, a 12-year old bottlenose dolphin named Beetle died on Oct. 27 of unknown causes. Beetle was the 13th dolphin to die at The Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Historically, this facility has had 22 dolphins — now with a 59 percent mortality rate and an average

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Beetle Tweetsheets

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#AskSeaworld Campaign #AskSeaworld @SeaWorld If you care about your animals, why did you dump your “problem” dolphin out in the desert? pic.twitter.com/sQ7gvDGChY (click here to send tweet) #AskSeaworld @SeaWorld if you provide the best care, why are your animals in the desert w/o shade? #MojaveDolphins pic.twitter.com/NBbTbbaS66 (click here to send tweet) #AskSeaworld Hey @SeaWorld, how

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Dyrdek and the Desert Dolphins

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Over the weekend of October 17th-18th 2015, Rob Dyrdek uploaded a photo of what appears to be a private gathering at the Mirage Casino Dolphin Habitat after hours. While activsts were out standing out on the strip, educating the tourists about the horrors of dolphin captivity, Rob was gushing about the attire of his guests

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Violation Found at Mirage, Needs Reinspection

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Earlier this month, Comedian Joe Rogan spoke out against dolphin captivity at The Mirage to The Las Vegas Review Journal.  Rogan, who had a show scheduled at The Mirage Room, a theater that hosts the “Aces of Comedy” comedians decided to switch venues due to his opinions against dolphin captivity.   The Aces of Comedy

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Taiji Tweet Sheets

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  The annual hunt of small cetaceans in Taiji, Japan began about two weeks ago on Sept. 1st 2015. We were blessed with 10 straight days of “Cove Blue” – meaning that the dolphins were safe in the ocean, swimming free with their pods away from hunters grasp. Tonight the ocean ran “Cove Red” –

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Taiji Season Has Begun

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The Dolphin Slaughter Has Begun In Taiji, Japan. Two days ago, dolphin activists from around the west coast gathered in front of the Mirage volcano to voice their concerns over the continuance of the Taiji dolphin drives in Japan during the global Japan Dolphins Day event. These hunts happen from September 1st through March, with

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Mirage School Fieldtrips

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One steady source of publicity for the Mirage dolphin habitat is the influx of field trips throughout the school year, from the Clark County public school system, Christian schools, home schools, and more. Dolphinariums around the world use the education system as a way to mask the true business model; dolphin entertainment for profit. The

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Celebrities at the Dolphin Death Pool

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The Mirage Hotel is amping up their celebrity endorsements this year. We have seen several posts by people of significance promoting the casino and their exploitative dolphin program. A few of the celebrities make money off of the Las Vegas strip, so it is important that we continue to reach them in a polite, factual

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Spring into Action, Mirage!

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We visited the dolphin habitat for World Wildlife Day back in the beginning of March. The first thing we noticed when we arrived was a female dolphin, whom we believe to be Bella, repeatedly sliding out onto her scale. The facility had just opened to the public. There were no trainers present around the main

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Contaminants in the Dolphin Death Pool

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We were horrified at what we witnessed inside the dolphin death pools at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas in February: chewing gum and a chicken nugget. I was photographing Beetle biting at the gate (like he usually is every time I see him now) when a small child who was talking to the trainer

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Breaking Ground on TBS “Ground Floor”

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Has the Mojave Dolphins movement finally broken into the mainstream after 25 years? Last night TBS aired an episode of their show Ground Floor titled “The Proposal – Part one (S2E09”). The episode stars Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan as Brody and Jenny respectively. It’s Brody’s birthday, and Jenny is trying to find the perfect

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Dolphin Pox Virus Disappearing After 4+ Years

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The outbreak of the dolphin pox virus at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas that began more than four years ago may be finally coming to a close. The disease is said to have gotten its start when Cosmo, the male dolphin born at SeaWorld Orlando, was transferred to the Mirage on March

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#OccupyMirageVolcano tweetsheet

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On Saturday January 17th, Las Vegas animal rights activists will descend upon the Las Vegas strip to occupy the space in front of the exploding Mirage volcano. This is a very popular photo spot for the tourists. Every night starting at 5pm, the volcano erupts on the hour and half hour. During our two hour

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Miracle March for Lolita

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On January 17th, cetacean rights activists from around the world will descend on the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park near Miami Seaquarium beginning at 8am EST. The crowd is coming together to show Miami Seaquarium how many people are pushing for Lolita’s release from the captive slave park. The event includes vendors selling merchandise which help

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Ellen Degeneres and the Mirage giveaway.

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Ellen Degeneres is known as a very kind and generous woman. She is always helping out wherever she can, and that includes helping animals. Ellen has also been outspoken about wanting to get people to watch the documentary “The Cove”. She’s had Hayden Panettiere on her show, tweeted about The Cove, and mentioned the documentary

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Rascal’s 10 Year Secret.

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Picabo gave birth to a male dolphin at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 15th 2001. Less than 4 years later, that dolphin calf had passed away from unknown reasons. His name was Rascal, or as Steve Wynn affectionately referred to him, Wizard, named after the dolphin’s father and original mojave dolphin,

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Protesting Dirk Arthur @ Riviera

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Have you heard of the magician Dirk Arthur? It seems that many people haven’t, but that didn’t stop the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from hiring him on as their new act. Has the city already forgotten the horrible accident last decade with Roy Horn and his beloved Mantecore? Dirk is one of

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Pablo’s Protest

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On November 8th, activists from the Las Vegas area gathered in front of the Mirage hotel to give a voice to the dolphins that have died within this facility over the last 24 years. Over 20 people held signs and passed out educational information about the habitat within the casino in the desert. One activist

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Bad News for Big Cats in Vegas

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Dirk Arthur is a magician who uses large exotic cats in his act, even though he claims to be for conservation. His menagerie includes ligers, African and snow leopards, white, orange and snow tigers, and a bobcat. He has been cited by the US Department of Agriculture for violating several conditions of the Animal Welfare Act.

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BenDeLaCreme from RuPaul’s Drag Race visits Death Pool

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Not even an hour ago, BenDeLaCreme uploaded this photo to her instagram account captioning it “I refuse to provide any context for this image, #justwait“.   Update: As of 1:17PM Pacific, BenDeLaCreme has deleted all online references to her visit to the Mirage dolphin habitat.  Who is BenDeLaCreme? She is a drag performer from Seattle

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November Protest

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Another month has passed, and Mirage has not made any major improvements for the dolphins at the Mirage. We have chosen to protest on Saturday, November 8th from 3-5pm. We must continue to put pressure on the facility and let our presence be known. This is the first protest after Ric O’Barry visited, so it

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Happy Birthday Ric O’Barry!

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Today, October 14th 2014, Ric O’Barry is celebrating his 75th birthday. His name first became known in the 1960’s when he captured and trained the dolphins for the first oceanarium in the United States, Miami Seaquarium. On September 19th 1964, he introduced the world to dolphins via a television show called “Flipper“. The show ran until April

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Public Awareness Is Key!!!!

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Most people do not realize how much money goes into making our demonstrations outside of the Mirage Hotel and Casino successful. We are not just trying to get the attention of the hotel, we are trying to get the attention of the locals and tourists that are walking down the strip. We have found one

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Enough Is Enough!

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What an amazing experience this last week was. Where to begin? On Wednesday, we picked up Ric O’Barry to go do a radio show for KNPR Las Vegas. The interview lasted about 13 minutes, and gave him an opportunity to educate an audience that would probably never go looking for our cause otherwise. The interview has been

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Call to Action: Vegas Media This Week!

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This is a very big week for us here at Mojave Dolphins. On Thursday, we are screening the Academy Award winning documentary “The Cove” for free, and the following night we have a giant protest outside of the Mirage. Both of these events will be attended by none other than Ric O’Barry himself. This is

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Ric O’Barry is coming to Las Vegas!!!

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In exactly one week, Ric O’Barry will be in Las Vegas at a screening of the documentary that exposed the world to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan- The Cove. It was just 5 months ago we reached out to him for help, and just yesterday our cause received promotion on national TV on the Jane

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World Animal Day Global March

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On Saturday October 4th, animal rights activists from Las Vegas are gathering in front of the Mirage Hotel and Casino on the strip at 11am and then marching south to City Center and back to raise awareness for lions, elephants, and rhinos being poached daily. They request that all attendees try to wear red to

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SteveO, Mirage & SeaWorld Are Connected!

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Stunt performer Steve-o, known mostly for his time spent with “Jackass”, recently outed himself as the prankster activist who defaced the California highway sign for Seaworld Drive to read “Seaworld Sucks”. This stunt has drawn the eyes of many, and opened up the eyes to thousands more who would of never known about the issue

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#Tweet4Taiji – Red Cove Tweet Sheets

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The annual hunt of small cetaceans in Taiji, Japan began a little over two weeks ago on Sept. 1st 2014. We were blessed with two straight weeks of “Cove Blue” – meaning that the dolphins were safe in the ocean, swimming free with their pods away from hunters grasp. The last 3 days have been “Cove Red”

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Catch us LIVE on Fins and Fluke Radio 9/18!

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Our lovely friends at Fins and Fluke have invited us to be a part of their environmental radio program, Fins and Fluke Radio. We will be representing the Mojave Dolphins live on the air tomorrow, September 18th, at 5:30pm eastern, 2:30pm pacific. The radio program takes place online, so no matter where you are, you are

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Ariana Grande, do you still love dolphins?

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It is undeniable that Ariana Grande is one of the biggest pop stars on the scene right now. In just under a year, she has released two albums that have debuted at #1. She has acted in two Nickelodeon television shows, and even performed on Broadway. Ariana is known as a celebrity that has a big

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#JDD2014

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On August 31st 2014, MojaveDolphins hosted the annual global protest- Japan Dolphin Day for the second year in a row. This is a peaceful event that is used to bring awareness on the slaughter of small cetaceans that goes on for several months beginning on September 1st in Taiji, Japan each year. The dolphins are driven

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Las Vegas Action Against the AETA

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Next weekend is National Weekend of Action Against the AETA. AETA stands for Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a federal law that prohibits any person from engaging in certain conduct “for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise”. This is a law that does not differentiate between constitutional protests and

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Edible Dolphins

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With the annual cetacean slaughter just around the corner for Taiji, Japan- we would like to take this time to share with you a dolphin safe edible recipe. Not a single dolphin was harmed in the making of this sweet treat! If you’re hosting a screening of The Cove, or Blackfish– these would be the perfect,

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Bringing O’Barry to Las Vegas.

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Every year on September 1st, the annual small cetacean hunt and slaughter begins in Taiji, Japan. The Academy Award winning documentary The Cove highlights this brutal event. We would love to offer the people of Las Vegas a chance to open their eyes and make a difference. Free the Mojave Dolphins have been working since May to

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Dolphin Pox Running Rampant

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At the beginning of this week, an anonymous follower of our cause was able to get into Seaworld Orlando and photograph and ID several dolphins which are infected with pox. The whistleblower is quoted saying I just got back from the park, got you a few pictures of some of the dolphins with pox. A

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Vegas Rock Dog Radio

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Last weekend we were invited to appear on Vegas Rock Dog Radio. It was quite the experience! We got to broadcast live to the entire world via a real radio studio. The both of us were extremely nervous going into it- but we left the station feeling accomplished and proud. We gave the 10 Mojave Dolphins

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