Dolphinaria-Free Europe

Coalition Calls for Dolphinaria-Free Europe

The world’s leading dolphin experts highlight plight of animals held in European zoos and urge all European nations to phase out dolphin captivity for public entertainment.   (Brussels, 4 March 2015) – Today, whale and dolphin experts from across the world have launched a new initiative at the European Parliament to raise awareness about the…

Marmoset (Photo: M. Dooley)

Restriction on Exotic Pets in the Netherlands

A new Dutch regulation came into force on 1st February 2015 which now limits the type of animals that can be kept as pets.   The list, which currently only covers mammals, means that any mammals not included on the ‘Positive List’ cannot be legally kept or may only be kept with a special permit….

Malaga outlaws animals in circuses (photo: La Opinion de Malaga)

Malaga outlaws animals in circuses

The prohibition of both the use of animals in circuses and pony carousel rides was brought in by the Popular Party (PP) Government in Malaga last week.   This follows an announcement made in October last year by the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, who stated that the use of animals in circuses…

Iberian wolf (Photo: Tim Strater)

Surplus animals killed in Nature Park of Cabarceno, Spain

On 28th November 2014, eight wolves were shot dead at the Natural Park of Cabárceno. According to the zoo, an incompatibility between two groups of captive wolves had resulted in the death of at least three individual animals who had attacked each other.   According to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), which…

Young captive Orca at Harderwijk dolphinarium (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar, Flickr, Creative Commons)

Takeover of Harderwijk dolphinarium

Spanish company Aspro Parks – a European operator of leisure parks and centres which include a number of dolphinaria – are planning to take over Harderwijk dolphinarium in the Netherlands.   Aspro Parks is one of the largest European operators of leisure parks and centres with 60 parks and centres in Spain, UK, France, Finland,…

Circus elephant (Photo: Dirkjan Ranzijn)

Netherlands approves a ban on wild animals in circuses

The Netherlands has joined the list of European countries that have prohibited the use of wild animal species in circuses. Implementing a positive-list approach, listing species that are allowed in performances, the Netherlands will be prohibiting the use of animal species excluded from the list and their use in any type of performance (excluding performance…

Fox cub in fur farm (Photo: Loomus)

More than half of the Estonian population is against fur farms

According to the recent poll, over half (or 58%) of the Estonian population is either ‘definitely’ or ‘rather’ against raising and killing animals in farms for the purpose of producing fur.   30% of the respondents support such activities (consisting of those who ‘definitely’ and ‘rather’ support the practice) however the percentage of those who…


Vote YES for an animal circus ban!

‘Is it time to stop circuses from using wild animals in their act?’ asks Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.   This is your chance to express your view on the issue of banning the use of wild animals in circuses. The timing to do so has never been more apt as currently both Holyrood and…


Undercover footage exposes the Estonian fur industry

New footage has been made available of the Karjaküla fur farm – the largest in the Baltics – that exposes the poor conditions of intensive fur farming. The video published by Estonian animal rights organisation Loomade Nimel was filmed over the Summer of 2014. The investigation focused on fox cubs who had been separated from…

Dolphinaria, Italy (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

UN-backed resolution urges an end to live captures of whales and dolphins

ENDCAP welcomes the news that the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the UN-backed treaty that aims to protect wildlife and habitats, has passed a resolution that calls on countries to stop live wild-capture of whales and dolphins. The Resolution, signed by the 120 signatory countries, recognises the threat posed to wild whale and dolphin populations…