Belgium is one of 15 EU Member States keeping dolphins in captivity. The Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges holds a reported seven bottlenose dolphins, three of which are reportedly captured from the wild. The EU does not keep a public inventory of information about captive dolphins, so tracking deaths, births and transfers is difficult. However, reports suggest several dolphins born at Boudewijn Seapark have been transferred to other dolphinaria in the EU. The travel publication Lonely Planet has called the dolphinarium "controversial".
Keeping a public record regarding what's happening to these captive animals is paramount to protection efforts. The United States is the only country with such information, we would like to see this information made public for the captive dolphins in the EU as well.
Dauphin Libre and the Sea First Foundation are two Belgium organizations working to address concerns about dolphin captivity.
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