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…

Captive dolphins (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Italian dolphinaria are failing to protect their animals

A new report has revealed that all the Italian facilities keeping captive dolphins are violating national and European laws. Animal protection organisations; the Born Free Foundation, LAV and Marevivo have requested the European Commission to open an infringement procedure against the Italian Government to investigate the reported concerns and encourage improved animal care.   Rome,…

Strasbourg Zoo 2013, BFF

Strasbourg Zoo: outdated and failing standards

ENDCAP member, Code Animal, has taken legal action against the zoo in Parc de l’Orangerie in Strasbourg, for failure to appropriately care for their animals.   Following an investigation, Code Animal has filed an official complaint with the public prosecutor against “Les Amis du Zoo de l’Orangerie”, the association managing the zoo, for misconduct in…

Spain 2008 (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Catalunya proposes to ban all animals in circuses

Barcelona: Members of the Catalunya Parliament (one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain), today backed a Bill to end the use of ALL animals (wild and domestic) in circuses in the Region, stating that animals used in circuses are “abused and mistreated”.   Whilst it has yet to be ratified as Law, the Bill…

Captive Orca (Photo: Rojer)

Blackfish – Signalling the End of Captive Dolphin Exploitation?

Madrid, Spain: As a compelling new documentary film is released across Europe, eye-witness accounts of former SeaWorld dolphin trainer expose the hidden truths behind the billion dollar captive dolphin industry.   Blackfish, the acclaimed documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, tells the harrowing story of Tilikum, a male orca involved in the death of three…

Circus lion (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Confirmation: England to ban wild animals in circuses

Representatives from the Born Free Foundation, the British Veterinary Association, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society and the RSPCA have today welcomed confirmation from Government that a ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses in England will go ahead by the end of 2015.   In July, the groups had expressed concern over…

Delfinario di Rimini, Italy, 2009, BFF (ESOZ)

Italian dolphinarium is penalised for animal mistreatment

Rimini Dolphinarium, in north east Italy, has been fined €18,000 for breaching their legislative requirements.   August: Reportedly inspected by an interministerial task force (including enforcement officers from all relevant ministries in the country), Rimini dolphinaria was found to be in breach of both the Decree 73/2005 – requiring all facilities to hold a zoo…

Flashmob LAV Fontana di Trevi

Flashmob against captive dolphins

On 2nd August, the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome was the stage for a flashmob demonstration in support of SOSdelfini, a campaign by animal welfare organisations to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in captivity. Coordinated by Italian organisations LAV and Marevivo, the demonstration using hundreds of dolphin-shaped helium balloons took over the popular…

Captive Orca (Photo: Rojer)

New Film highlights the plight of captive orca

Released in UK and Irish cinemas from today, ‘Blackfish’ is a new film documenting the captive orca industry.   Blackfish is a damning indictment of the exploitation of these magnificent animals, highlighting their miserable lives in captivity. Whilst the film focuses mainly on captive orca at SeaWorld in USA, this remains a global issue. In…