Breaking! Mexico City Bans Dolphins In Captivity

Recognizing that dolphins are sentient beings who suffer in captivity, the Mexico City Congress passed a liberating new law in favor of dolphins.

The far-reaching measure prohibits keeping dolphins in captivity and much more. By instituting the ban, the subsequent rippling effect now ensures that dolphins will no longer be used for public display, therapy, scientific research, training, and entertainment, including swim programs.

As per our partner Care2, a new system of fines has also been established to impose on people breaking the new law.

Currently, the only location in Mexico City housing dolphins in captivity is Six Flags Mexico which is owned by Dolphin Discovery.

Sadly, throughout Mexico, there are still reportedly more than 30 facilities that are currently holding an estimated 300 dolphins captive.

The subpar facility at Six Flags has been ranked among the worst offenders on In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) Top Ten List of the Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales in North America, explained President of the Environment Commission, Xavier Lopez Adame.

Six Flags, also became well-known for holding Keiko captive, the orca used in the movie “Free Willy,” which was also included on the list for its concerning treatment of bottlenose dolphins.

Although it is not clear what will happen to the dolphins presently at the park, Six Flags Mexico has three months to comply with the new laws.

By leading by example, animal advocates are hoping this will set a precedence for other subpar marine parks to follow.

WAN is thrilled to share this news and as always, encourages people to refrain from supporting any businesses that exploit animals for entertainment and profit!

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