8 MAY 2018 A new law has come into force in Mexico City that bans dolphinariums. According to People for the […]
8 MAY 2018
A new law has come into force in Mexico City that bans dolphinariums.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA), Mexico City has officially banned the aquariums for dolphins, and within six months there will no longer be captive dolphins in the capital city.
According to the PETA press release, the captive dolphins must be relocated from all dolphinariums within the next six months – even the dolphins which were held at Dolphin Discovery Six Flags Mexico.
— PETA (@peta) April 14, 2017
Wild orcas and dolphins live in large, complex social groups and swim vast distances every day in the open ocean. In captivity, these animals can only swim in endless circles in tanks that are the equivalent of bathtubs, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in almost any natural behavior.
They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and often torn away from family members when they’re shuffled between parks. Most die far short of their natural life spans.
Though people have flocked to see dolphins at these so-called dolphinariums for years, most animal lovers would agree that the tanks are cruel to the intelligent mammals who are meant to enjoy the vast open sea, complex social connections and the ability to travel for miles with ease.