Captive dolphins (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Could we see an end of dolphinaria in Europe?

The world’s leading dolphin experts highlight plight of animals held in European dolphinaria and expose the reality of captive exploitation in ‘water circuses’.   This week, whale and dolphin experts from across the world attending a number of high profile EU-oriented public events in the European Parliament premises (both Strasbourg and Brussels), will call upon…

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Tour operator ceases ticket sales to dolphinaria

ENDCAP today welcomed the surprise move by TUI Germany to end the promotion of captive dolphin facilities worldwide. The decision is reportedly the culmination of ongoing negotiations with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Forum (Germany).   Daniel Turner, spokesperson for ENDCAP, said, “The actions by TUI Germany make it the first mainstream tour operator to…

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Animal welfare NGOs call on IOC to stop dolphin exploitation during Winter Olympics

Animal welfare organisations call on IOC to stop dolphin exploitation during Winter Olympics   ENDCAP, alongside 30 well-respected international and national animal protection organisations, representing millions of compassionate citizens, are calling on the International Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee to stop the planned use of captive dolphins in the Sochi Winter Games.  …

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European Parliament staff boycott pro-fur event

During today’s networking reception at the European Fur Information Centre’s exhibition stand in the European Parliament, Parliament staff staged a silent protest. Dressed in black t-shirts fronted with anti-fur slogans, they marched in front of Mr Pertti Fallenius, CEO of Saga Furs, during his welcome speech. The protestors stood in silence holding up posters that…

Athens (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Greek Minister concedes to public pressure

Following news that the Greek Government were to consider reversing the country’s ban on animal performances, NGOs and members of the public from across the world rallied to try to block the proposed Bill.   Yesterday the Minister told the Greek Parliament that he was withdrawing the reference in the proposed bill, which was going…

Captive dolphins (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Greece considers to reverse their ban on animal performance

The treatment of captive wild animals is a matter of emerging concern across Europe, with an increasing number of countries including Austria, Croatia and Serbia implementing bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, while EU legislation governing the licensing and inspection of zoos has been in place since 2002. Now it seems that…

Circus lion (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Wild animals banned from circuses in Belgium

The Belgian Federal Parliament has passed new legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses. Animals such as elephants, lions, tigers and bears can no longer be used in circuses in the country.   The decision was made following a 2011 report by the Council of Animal Welfare, which concluded that by their very…

Pet Capuchin Monkey (Photo: N MacDonald)

European vets advocate restrictions in exotic pet keeping

Statement: Wild animals as ‘pets’ threaten the environment and public health Today, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), representing veterinarians from 38 countries, have called upon the governments of European nations to restrict the keeping of exotic animals as pets. Whilst dogs and domestic cats may be the most conventional and numerous companion animals,…

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“Blackfish” – the beginning of the end of dolphinaria in Europe?

As screenings of this ground-breaking film documentary continue to draw the crowds to cinemas across Europe, the successful European tour of Samantha Berg, former SeaWorld trainer and participant in the film, draws to an end. Presenting to packed cinemas in seven countries over the last 20 days, Sam has provided the public with a valuable…