Latvia circus ban

No more wild animal circuses in Latvia from 13th July 2017

The president of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, announced the Law yesterday, which will come into full force on 13th July 2017.   Now the Latvian Animal Protection Law (Section 27) reads: “It is forbidden to train wild animals (both caught from the wild or bred in captivity) and use them as amusement animals. It is also…

Inside The Tanks

Inside The Tanks

New documentary, ‘Inside The Tanks’, blasts the whale and dolphin captivity debate wide open in Europe! Watch the full film here Subscribe

orcas at Marineland Antibes in France

Breeding ban for captive dolphins in France

  Outdated legislation, which has regulated dolphinaria in France since 1981, has finally been updated and includes a breeding ban for captive dolphins across France. The new rules mean: • An end to breeding, exchange and import programmes, meaning the scheduled end of dolphin captivity in France. It also means that the four killer whales…

Sealion at Aalborg zoo and polar bear at Copenhagen zoo Denmark

Exhibition of Danish zoo photos

Two of our member organisations, Dyreværnsorganisationen OASA and The Born Free Foundation have just hosted an exhibition in Copenhagen. The exhibition took place on 22nd and 23rd April and was held to highlight the plight of wild animals in European zoos.   Results of a year study of Danish zoo status and performance were unveiled…

Captive polar bear at Riga Zoo Latvia

ENDCAP launches its postcard campaign

To mark our 10th Anniversary, ENDCAP members are sending postcards to help wild animals in captivity.   Addressed to the Commissioner of Environment, responsible for the implementation of the EU zoo law, the postcard asks him to Respect Captive Wild Animals and improve the standard of welfare for captive wild animals in zoos across Europe….

Captive flamingo killed at Jihlava Zoo in Czech Republic

Safety of zoo animals questioned yet again

Over the years there have been numerous reports of animals in zoos around the world being injured or killed by visitors or intruders. Shockingly, this month alone has now seen several such tragic incidents.   At Belvedere Zoo in Tunisia, a crocodile is believed to have been ‘stoned’ to death after being hit on the…

beluga whale vancouver aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium will exhibit more beluga whales

Three months after the deaths of the last two beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium, the facility has announced that it will be importing more beluga whales for scientific research. This decision ignores requests from NGOs and other experts across the globe, to end the display of this particular species. Vancouver Aquarium has instead stated that…

Captive orca at SeaWorld

Virgin Holidays just announced their latest position on attractions featuring captive whales, dolphins and porpoises

The key commitments of today’s announcement include: •A decision to no longer sell or promote any new attractions or hotels that feature captive whales and dolphins for entertainment purposes. •Ensuring that existing facilities displaying captive cetaceans, contracted by Virgin Holidays, meet the highest animal welfare standards. •Encouraging existing facilities to change their current exploitative practices….

Lion in Circus, Spain

City of Madrid to ban circuses with wild animals

The Municipal Plenary of the City of Madrid has today voted in favour of banning the entry of wild animal circuses into the capital of Spain. The decision comes as a result of the perseverance of the coalition InfoCircos, which was founded by Spanish NGO, ANDA and ENDCAP members, FAADA and The Born Free Foundation….