The scientific paper “Looking forward to interacting with their caretakers: dolphins’ anticipatory behaviour indicates motivation to participate in specific events” was recently published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The media coverage of this paper was intense and generated such headlines as: “We finally figured out whether or not [captive] dolphins are happy,” “Scientists attempt to measure dolphin ‘happiness’ for the first time,” “Dolphin ‘happiness’ is measured for the first time,” and “Happiness is human for dolphins.” Dolphinaria-Free Europe considers this interpretation of the study’s results to be misguided and a misrepresentation of the findings of the study and has produced our Statement in response.
Less than 500 meters away from Loro Parque in Tenerife, Canary Islands, this amazing sand sculpture of a killer whale by Sasha Abdo, Hans Peter Roth and two local sand sculptors was created recently, to raise public awareness about the plight of Morgan the orca who is currently held in captivity at the facility on Tenerife. The sculpture took approximately nine hours to complete and received much attention from passers-by, many of whom were unaware of Morgan’s story.
This annual global event brings dolphin and whale advocates together to help raise awareness and speak out against cetaceans in captivity. Peaceful protests were held outside numerous European facilities at the weekend, including Attika Park, located in the Athens suburb of Spata, Greece.
Continue reading “6th Annual Empty the Tanks Worldwide event took place on May 12, 2018.”
The City Council will no longer allow new facilities to be built or additional cetaceans to be imported for public display. With regards to the dolphins currently held at Barcelona zoo, it is hoped the marine mammals will be relocated to a sanctuary as soon as possible.
Continue reading “Barcelona – first city in Europe to declare itself officially free of cetaceans in captivity.”