dolphins in captivity (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Croatia bans keeping whales and dolphins in captivity

ENDCAP welcomes the news that Croatia has now prohibited the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity for commercial purposes, which includes public facilities such as dolphinaria and aquaria.   The decision was made following a study by the State Institute for Nature Protection, which recognised the adverse effects of dolphinaria and captivity on these…

Tiger in a EU zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Europe´s failing zoos

Six years on from the implementation of the Directive (1999/22/EC), relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos, which aimed to improve standards and influence their objectives towards the conservation of biodiversity, zoos across Europe are still failing to adequately care for their animals.   On 11th November 2008, 20 Non-Governmental Organisations representing 20…