When Hard Rock International announced last month that it was buying the rights to operate Mirage from MGM Resorts International for $1.075 billion, the press release announced that the new owner would be setting up a gigantic guitar on the Las Vegas Strip, but it didn’t say what would become of dolphins, tigers, lions and leopards in captivity. Secret Mirage Garden.
“No additional information is currently available at this time,” Stephanie Croteau of Coyne PR, a company that represents Hard Rock, told Current last week. Mirage did not respond to requests for comment.
“The fact that Hard Rock didn’t seem to give it much thought, or at least didn’t get to the point where they’d be willing to say something to the media, isn’t promising,” says Naomi Rose, Ph.D.. a The world of marine mammals with animal welfare institute, an organization dedicated to ending human-caused animal suffering. Hard Rock, she says, “doesn’t get into animal business. So this might be a hot potato they have no idea they’re about to put their hands on.”
Alan Feldman was a spokesperson for Mirage and later MGM Resorts. He says the future of Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden likely depends on the brand and better use of the space.
“If the intent is to change the brand and change the character, you have to ask whether Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat will be relevant in the new brand scheme. I am not quite sure I will understand how that would necessarily fit,” he says. “The second question, a very legitimate question – is there a different and better use of all the property and what are their plans for this part of the property?”
Feldman says tourists are still keen to visit the animal attractions in the Mirage.
“There are zoos and aquariums all over the world and they are doing very well,” he says, adding that the animals at the Mirage “are well looked after and the staff are great. So that could continue if that’s what the Hard Rock team wants. That’s a decision. Quite sensible it should be taken.”
Rose says that companies that acquire facilities that contain captive animal attractions are often surprised by the negative reaction from the public.
This is the post-black fish “The world we live in and if they’re not aware that the zeitgeist has changed, it’s not very smart, in business terms,” Rose said, referring to the popular documentary about the plight of killer whales in captivity. “Hard Rock should have had some minions thinking about this. $1.1 billion is a big deal.”
“I don’t think sending the animals to another zoo would be a big black eye, but it wouldn’t make Hard Rock look good,” Rose says. “And why would they unduly do something unpopular? If they did not think about it more carefully, they would end up looking bad, when in reality, they have almost nothing to do with this problem.”
In 2014, Richard Branson, whose Virgin Hotel is located on the site of Paradise Street formerly occupied by Hard Rock, announced Branson wrote The Virgin Pledge, “a commitment that Virgin companies will continue to only work with suppliers that do not take marine whales from the wild,” calling it “the first step in a long journey to end the use of captive cetaceans for human entertainment.”
Rose says Hard Rock should look into options for moving dolphins to a marine reserve, such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore Planning Do with dolphins and whales.
“If you are a new owner, so to speak, of these types of animals, you should consider a sanctuary, and if you are not, you are out of reach,” Rose says. “And Hard Rock is about to walk away from the move if they’re not careful about it.”
Hard Rock is under no obligation to notify the public if dolphins are sold or transferred. It will only have to notify the government.
Animal activists in Las Vegas had hoped the change of ownership at the Mirage would put an end to the dolphin show and allow its residents to live their lives in a more natural environment.
“I don’t think they’re going to do anything with it,” says longtime animal rights advocate Linda Fasso, who says the attraction is making money. “But I would like a national animal rights group to have a marine biologist go and meet Hard Rock.”
Faso, in 1972, was the first person known to bring allegations of animal abuse to former Las Vegas frontrunner Bobby Berocini, who was performing in the circus circus at the time.
A video of Pirosini beating up a chimpanzee and an orangutan backstage appeared on Entertainment Tonight in 1989. Lawsuits and bad publicity ended his career.
She and other animal advocates stress that the actions of animals do not get much attention in Las Vegas and elsewhere.
Scammer Jay Owenhouse says, who abandoned for him plans to incorporate his Tigers into a Las Vegas residence after Clark County planning officials recommended he refuse. “If you take a look at the National Finals Rodeo, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that attendance was within 4 or 5% of the 2014 attendance record.”
“You have the Kings Championship in Excalibur, which has 22 horses and a stable,” Owenhouse says. “You have Criss Angel who uses doves and snakes in this show.”
He adds that the public wants to know that the animals are well looked after.
But scientists stress that dolphins, which can travel up to 60 miles a day in the ocean, are not suitable for living in a shallow pool.
“These mammals have fully evolved to live in the ocean, where they deserve to be free to live,” according to Dolphin Project, founded by Rick O’Barry, who captured and trained the five dolphins who portrayed Flipper, and was immortalized in the 1960s television series. “Families simply cannot provide a suitable environment for this wild species.”
As a last resort, Vasu says she hopes Hard Rock will stop education Dolphins “and eventually die.”
Fifteen dolphins have been born in captivity at the Mirage since 1991. Eight of the fifteen died, according to records I collected http://www.cetabase.org. dead boy Live the last two weeks.
The average lifespan of the eight dolphins that died was five.
The tallest dolphin born in captivity at the Mirage is Huf n Puff, at 21 years old.
Four other dolphins captured from the wild have died at the Mirage.
According to cetabase.org, which tracks marine mammals in captivity, Sigma was likely born in 1972, captured in 1975 and died in 2004 at the age of 32. It is estimated that he was born in 1970, was arrested in 1982 and died in 1994.
Darla is said to have been born around 1981, captured in 1985 and died in 1999.
In the wild, dolphins live from 40 to 60 years, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
The oldest dolphin in the Mirage is the Duchess, its estimated age is 46 years. The Duchess was born in the wild around 1975 and captured in 1981.
Mirage and its parent company, MGM Resorts International, have long maintained that research at the Dolphin Show benefits endangered species in the wild.
Rose says that’s not true.
“There are no publications that I know of using dolphins in The Mirage that are of conservation value in wildlife targets,” she says, adding that there has been research on Mirage related to captive breeding. “In other words, how can we keep these animals alive longer and reproduce better?”
Even that research, she says, is at risk because “the facility is in such an abnormal setting – a shallow water habitat in the desert with full sun and no shade.”
Life in the wild is exaggerated, Owenhouse says.
“What I’m not OK with is seeing a Mediterranean tiger in the wild spending seven days hunting for one meal,” he says. “Google images of tigers in the wild or lions in the wild. Their lives are not a good thing.”
“In 1900 there were 100,000 tigers in the wild,” Owenhouse says. “Today there are less than 3,500. Most experts believe that they will become extinct in the next 10 years.”
World Wildlife Fund Says There are 3,900 tigers in the wild. The organization says the Bengal tiger could be extinct by 2070. There are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.
“I think the only future that animals like tigers have on this planet is not going to be in the wild,” Owenhouse says. “You will live in an environment that involves human care.”