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…

Captive dolophin (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

New dolphin exhibit causes an outcry

Today a new captive dolphin exhibit opens at the Genoa Aquarium in Northern Italy, despite outrage over its cost, low public support and the overriding concerns for the welfare of the dolphins.   Costing a staggering €26 million, the dolphinarium will house six bottlenose dolphins, a species which is not even an endangered species. LAV,…

Belgium considers the prohibition of wild animals in circuses

ENDCAP urges Belgian Parliamentarians to Ratify Federal Ban.   Brussels, 12 July 2013: Belgian Federal Ministers have today approved a bill, introduced by the Minister for Animal Welfare, which would ban the use of all wild animals in circuses.   The bill now awaits Parliamentary approval but, if passed, will prohibit the use of all…

Performing dolphin

Italian public votes overwhelmingly to end dolphin captivity

An IPSOS survey has revealed that 96% of Italians want to see an end to the keeping of dolphins in captivity, with 81% admitting that they believe dolphins to be ‘happier’ in the wild.   Italian animal protection NGOs, LAV (ENDCAP member) and Marevivo have today, the 4th July – ‘World Day opposing the captivity…

Polar Bear in German Zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

EU zoos in the spotlight

Today, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a discussion on the role and performance of EU zoos will take place, hosted by the Parliament’s Intergroup for Animal Welfare.   Presentations will be given by Daniel Turner, Senior Operations Officer at the Born Free Foundation (and ENDCAP’s Coordinator) and Leslie Dickie, Director of the European Association…

Performing Elephant in Cyprus (Photo: Leonid Mamchenkov)

Cyprus bans the use of all animals in circuses

Last week the Cypriot parliament voted to amend their Animal Welfare Law in favour of a total ban on the use of all animals (wild and domestic) in circuses. Roughly translated from Greek, the amendment reads: “The installation and operation of circuses that include in their programme any species of animal, whether to perform, parade,…

Respect Captive Wild Animals

New chapter for the welfare of wild animals in captivity

Following two-day conference on the welfare of wild animals in captivity, wildlife experts call on the EU to support higher standards for these animals, proper enforcement of existing legislation and adequate training.   From 19-20 June 2013, animal welfare organisations the Born Free Foundation and VIER PFOTEN /FOUR PAWS co-hosted a Conference on Wild Animals…

Poster from the event at the European Parliament

Travel industry to influence higher welfare standards

ENDCAP welcomes new initiative by ABTA – The Travel Association.   Brussels, 18th June: Sustainable tourism leaders, MEPs and NGOs launched the innovative Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism. The Guidance, developed by ABTA – The Travel Association, in consultation with leading  experts and industry representatives from across the world, aims to tackle  bad…

Performing Chimpanzee (Photo: Animal Equality)

German Zoo Investigation: Shock Findings

The EU Zoo Inquiry identifies that German zoos are failing to meet EU standards   Brussels 5th June 2013: A report launched today at the European Parliament (Brussels) by leading animal welfare NGOs, has confirmed that many zoos in Germany fail to meet European requirements in species conservation, public education and animal care.   The…