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We Love Dolphins Every Day
And Know You Do Too!

Every day at Dolphin Quest, we provide our animals with the highest quality care, large natural habitats, enriching social interactions and many other factors vital to their wellness. Dolphin Quest follows strict guidelines set by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as well as the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).

APHIS is currently conducting an extensive review of their regulations. Although the agency proposes some updates, their review demonstrated that marine mammal parks and aquariums in this country do an exemplary job, educating the public and supporting scientific study. Unfortunately, extremists opposed to animals under professional human care are already suggesting changes that are not based on science or in the best interest of the animals. We are requesting that any modifications to the APHIS regulations be based on the most current science and are in the best interest of the animals. 

The agency wants to hear from you. The public comment period closes May 4, 2016.

Click here to submit your comment. It’s QUICK and EASY!

Click here for more information about the proposed rules.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Rae Stone, D.V.M.
Marine Mammal Veterinarian
Co-Founder of Dolphin Quest


Examples of some points to consider in your comments:

  • I recommend that any modifications to the APHIS regulations be based on the most current science and information from marine mammal specialists who have the most experience with these animals.
  • Share your experience visiting Dolphin Quest or another marine mammal park.
  • Draw from your experience with Dolphin Quest and other oceanariums, and state your observations about the care of the animals.
  • Note why you think it is important for accredited zoos and aquariums to exist for public education, conservation and increasing our scientific knowledge of these animals.

Sample Comment:
Based on the reference points, a comment could read something like this:

Thank you for your diligent commitment to animal welfare. I recommend that any modifications to the APHIS regulations be based on the most current science and information from the marine mammal specialists who have the most experience with these animals.

I believe it’s essential that we have marine parks and aquariums to educate the public and increase our collective knowledge of these animals to better protect them in the wild. Many people, including me, might never have the opportunity to see these amazing animals if it weren’t for these facilities. Our family recently had the opportunity to experience a dolphin interactive program at Dolphin Quest. We also watched many sessions between the dolphins and trainers. In every instance, I was impressed by the staff’s expertise and dedication to the animals.

As a long time supporter of marine parks and aquariums, I have learned so much about the animals, the environment, and the importance of conservation. They have inspired me to improve my personal actions in my daily life and in my support of the environment around me.