In Las Vegas Strip Casino 11 of 16 dolphins housed in dolphin exhibit have died since 1990.The casino officials say that most of the deaths at The Mirage’s Dolphin Habitat were attributed to natural cause and steps have been taken for the proper care and has died, captive dolphins die regularly at relatively young ages. The people (at The Mirage) may be well-meaning and the facilitymaintenance of the habitat.
Animal welfare advocates contend dolphins never were made for such public displays and say they’re not impressed with The Mirage’s efforts.
According to Mirage spokesman Gordon Absherm, the causes of the dolphins’ deaths included severe chronic pancreatitis, a pulmonary abscess, respiratory problems, pneumonia and hereditary problems.
Dena Jones, program manager for the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ U.S. office in Framingham, Mass said:
It’s not simply a case of bad luck that that number has died, captive dolphins die regularly at relatively young ages. The people (at The Mirage) may be well-meaning and the facility may be well-run, but these type of captive environments can’t reproduce conditions in the wild.
In an agreement with the U-S Department of Agriculture, The Mirage promised to change how it cares for the dolphins at the exhibit. Casino officials also have acknowledged for the first time that they allow certain V-I-P guests swim with the dolphins on rare occasions.
Animal rights advocates say the dolphins are dying because they should not be kept captive in facilities like The Mirage.
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is looking into the matter to find out the cause of deaths of dolphins.
The Mirage Casino has agreed to improve operations after it was revealed that eleven dolphin have died at their facilities.