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Most famous orca in the world pronounced dead

News broke today that that Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity, has passed away. Despite reports last year of Tilikum’s deteriorating health due to a drug-resistant bacterial lung infection, his passing is no less saddening and shocking. Tilikum was captured from the waters off Iceland in 1983 aged just 2 years old. He was held…

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Thomas Cook launches new animal welfare policy

ENDCAP welcomes Thomas Cook’s new policy that seeks to improve the welfare of captive wild animals   The new policy has been launched today by Thomas Cook, and takes a much stronger approach to ensuring the welfare of animals in the attractions they sell. This year, animal welfare specialists Global Spirit, audited a cross section…

Photoprop Sealion in Spain (photo: Samantha Goddard)

British tourist bitten by sea lion at Spanish water park

‘It stopped and stared inches from my face. I decided to look away and as I did it sneezed and grunted, and sank its tusks into my thigh. It was agony.’   The incident took place at Aqualand Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, Spain, last week. Ms Edgar, quoted above, had been queuing for a photo…

Performing parrot in Italian Zoo (photo: Britta Jaschinski/The Born Free Foundation)

Could there be an end to animal performances in Italian Zoos?

ENDCAP members, The Born Free Foundation and the Italian animal protection NGO, LAV, have been recently notified by the Italian Ministry of Environment that animal performances in zoos are now prohibited under Italy’s national zoo legislation.   Parrots made to ride bicycles, dolphins required to jump through hoops for a food reward, and a chimpanzee,…

Captive brown bear in German Zoo (photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/The Born Free Foundation)

Higher animal welfare standards are still needed in EU Zoos

ENDCAP members, The Born Free Foundation, have launched a powerful and thought-provoking photo exhibition at the European Parliament, to highlight the poor standards in animal welfare at many zoos in the European Union. View some of the photography   The photos were captured by award-winning international photographers, Britta Jaschinski and Jo-Anne McArthur, who visited several…

Lion shot dead at Leipzig Zoo (photo: Jan Woltas)

ENDCAP is saddened to learn that a lion has been shot dead at Leipzig Zoo.

Two male lions, who had recently been transferred from Basel Zoo, have escaped from their enclosure. After attempts to capture them one of the lions was shot after efforts to tranquillise him failed.   ENDCAP is concerned about the conditions for wild animals at zoos across the European Union. The Zoo Inquiry 2011 investigation reveals…

Dolphins (Photo: Joan Gonzalvo, Tethys Research)

The case for a dolphin sea refuge in Italy

On 13th May, the Italian animal and environmental protection LAV, in collaboration with Marevivo and the Tethys Research Institute, held the first European Workshop on a refuge for stranded and captive dolphins. The organisations are now engaged in planning a feasibility study to assess potentials for such a refuge in Italy. The Case for a…

Both lions arrived safely at Shamwari Game Reserve (Photo: the Born Free Foundation)

A happy ending for two circus lions

Back in July we announced that ENDCAP members The Born Free Foundation were set to rescue the last two circus lions in Bulgaria.   Today we are pleased to share the news that both lion brothers, Jorah and Black, have arrived safely at Shamwari Game Reserve. They were introduced to their large enclosure yesterday.  …

Brown bears Mimo and Aran, will be going to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary (Photo: FAADA)

Two bears leave car park for sanctuary

Two brown bears previously acquired by regional governments in Spain, are being moved from a small cage at the back of a public car park to a Romanian sanctuary.   Mimo and Aran are two brown bears. Mimo is a 23 year old male who is owned by the Catalan Government and has been kept…

Elephants, Circus Rentz, Holland (Photo: S Dubus)

The Netherlands has banned the use of wild animals in circuses

The ban, which came into effect on 15th September 2015, now makes it an offence for circuses to use mammals not included in a permitted list. The mammals that may still appear in circuses includes domesticated animals, such as dogs and horses, but also camels, which are considered “wild” animals under UK law. There is…