France Bans Breeding of Dolphins & Killer Whales in Captivity
The BBC announced today that France has officially banned the breeding of dolphins and killer whales in captivity, “in a move hailed by campaigners as a major victory.” The legislation also includes a ban on the keeping of “all whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held.”
According to the article, the ministry told the AFP news agency:
“Environment Minister Segolene Royal had signed a version of the legislation on Wednesday, but decided to tighten the rules further and ban captive breeding completely after finding out that “some animals were drugged” in aquariums.”
While Jon Kershaw, the head of the Marineland Anitbes dolphin show park in the French Riviera, considered the news to be a “bombshell,” according to The Telegraph, five conservation groups, including Sea Shepherd, declared in a joint statement:
“In plain terms, this means the end of breeding, exchange and import programmes. Without possible replenishment, this quite simply means the scheduled end of marine circuses on our territory.”
Water parks and aquariums have six months to comply with the rules of this “historic French advance,” with the expansion of the pools required to take place within three years.
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