There is a lot of construction in Nairobi, among which is the Two Rivers Mall. It’s not too far from where we live and I am shocked and appalled to learn that the mall plans Two to have a “Dolphinarium” program. What the hell is a dolphinarium? I’m glad you asked.
It’s essentially a tank where dolphins are kept in captivity and on display for humans. It’s animal cruelty. (By the way, if you’re a SeaWorld fan or think that this is in any way all right, stop reading now. I mean my blog as a whole.) In the wild, dolphins and other animals live long, happy, healthy lives. In captivity, they suffer. Every time someone goes to a dolphin (or whale) show, that person is essentially paying to watch humans torture an animal.
If Two Rivers goes ahead with this program, I will boycott the entire mall. Whether or not you’re in Kenya, I urge you to do the same. If you live here, don’t go there. If you ever come to visit, don’t go there. Don’t spend any money at any business at that mall.
Also, please do what you can to prevent this from happening:
- Sign the petition on change.org
- Contact the people behind this project:
- Chris Kirubi @CKirubi
- Send emails to Chris Ochieng at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m hoping that we won’t need a boycott. I’m hoping the people building the mall won’t do this. But, I’m also realistic. I think this fight might take a long time.