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13 February 2020

At Last! SeaWorld’s Staff Will No Longer Be Allowed To Ride Dolphins

SeaWorld has announced it will stop trainers standing on the noses and faces of dolphins, or standing on their backs and riding around the tank.

SeaWorld has been under increasing pressure from animal welfare organisations and the general public to put a stop to its circus-type dolphin tricks during entertainment shows. This decision is very welcome and is a good one for the dolphins forced to perform in shows.

SeaWorld visitor numbers dropped dramatically following a growing negative public feeling towards the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity and the release  of the film, ‘Blackfish’. This film, which has had a huge impact on people around the world, looks into the shocking death of Sea World trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in 2010 by the orca called ‘Tillikum’. The film also looks at many other similar incidents and raises safety questions about the wider captivity industry as a whole.

Dolphins in the wild are used to swimming many miles every day, and so keeping them in a small featureless prison cell is cruel. Whales and dolphins continue to be captured and imprisoned in marine parks around the world for one reason: they make money for big businesses.

We hope that SeaWorld will now consider releasing its captive dolphins into sea sanctuaries.

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