Finding Dory Petition Asks Disney Pixar to Help Protect ‘Dory’s’ Species

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When Finding Nemo hit theaters back in 2003, audiences all over the world were introduced to new characters based on real-life underwater species. While the movie had been entertaining, it also brought out human emotions and probably awareness of the dangerous situation of the creatures featured in the Disney Pixar film.

Apparently though, instead of awareness, the movie evoked a totally different action upon its viewers.


According to the Saving Nemo Conservation Fund, clownfish (Nemo and Marlin's species in Finding Nemo) sales went sky high in 2003 after the movie was released. To be exact, over 1 million clownfish were taken from their homes and sold in aquariums EVERY year. As a result, the species are now extinct in areas where they once thrived such as countries like the Philippines and parts of Thailand.

Now, a Care2 petition has been launched, asking Disney Pixar to run a PSA prior to the release of Finding Dory so that the Pacific Regal Blue Tang (Dory's species) will be safe from going extinct like the clownfish.

The petition asks the movie to show a public service announcement outlining the importance of Dory's species before screening. The author of the petition, Kelsey Bourgeois, wrote:

Now that Disney knows the effectFinding Nemohad on clownfish, they should prepare for the effectFinding Dorywill have on blue tang by doing their part to warn folks who see the movie.
I love these films, but it is such a shame that harm can come to real animals because of them.

I love Pixar's films too and it isn't until now that I learned that the clownfish had gone extinct in parts of the world after Finding Nemo. I'm certain Disney had no intention of having the species' numbers decline, but it would certainly help save Dory if Disney grants this petition's request.

Hopefully, the company will hear this plea. We wouldn't want all these creatures to become extinct. Aside from their specific and fundamental roles in the cycle of life, Pixar was able to create these entertaining and influential films in the first place because they were inspired by the existence of these animals.

There are already 27,000 signatures on the petition, which has a goal of 30,000. You can add to that number and help protect Dory's species by signing the petition here.


I'm definitely signing this petition.

Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "WALL•E") and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer "WALL•E").

Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17.

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