Mexico City Just Passed a Landmark Dolphin Captivity Ban
-by True Activist

Mexico City is finally taking a stance on dolphin abuse.
-by Good News Network  

A bill recently passed by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City has banned the captivity of dolphins for entertainment, performances, therapy, and research.

The bipartisan legislation, which was hailed as a “landmark ban” by the international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals, took effect earlier this week.

The law was passed in light of the organization’s “Ten Worst Tanks” list of abusive cetacean facilities. Mexico City’s Six Flags park, which is renowned for housing the late ora from Free Willy, is ranked at number 6 internationally.

Though the fate of the two dolphins and two sea lions currently at the park is still unknown, In Defense of Animals is encouraging their retirement to an aquatic sanctuary for rehabilitation.

“This landmark ban will spare generations of animals from cruelty and sends a clear message that the public increasingly rejects dolphin captivity,” said Dr. Toni Frohoff, Cetacean Scientist for In Defense of Animals. “We thank Mexico City officials for recognizing our Ten Worst Tanks list and acting swiftly to end the abuse. We urge Six Flags to retire the dolphins at a seaside sanctuary where they may recover.”

“All parties, from rights to strong lefts voted just as one,” said dolphin advocate Yolanda Alaniz at a press conference. “Deputies recognized dolphins as sentient beings who suffer living in concrete tanks. Politics spoke with ethics, and marked a new way to follow for our country, and we will follow this path.”

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This Major Country Just Banned All Dolphin And Killer Whale Breeding

Joining the ranks of countries that are banning captive dolphin and killer whale breeding is France, who, thanks to progressive Environment Minister Segolene... just passed legislation in favor of the marine mammals that are a part of the nation’s parks that use the animals for entertainment. The legislation also bans the keeping of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held. As if this weren’t enough, the new law also prohibits direct contact between the wild animals and the public, including feeding and petting.

Environment Minister Royal had initially passed legislation regarding these items last Wednesday, which included “tight controls on the reproduction of dolphins,” but decided to ban all captive breeding of the large marine mammals after reports of dolphins and whales being drugged in parks emerged. She signed a revision of the law on Saturday after choosing a “more radical” approach, according to her ministry, in an effort to end the captivity of these animals all together…

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