Captivity

Two dolphins to be freed from captivity in South Korea

Two Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins held at the Seoul Grand Park aquarium in South Korea are to be released back into the wild in July. 

Geumdeung and Daepo, both male dolphins, were captured in a fishing net in 1997 and 1998 respectively and have spent nearly twenty years in captivity since.

It is believed the decision to release them came from the local mayor, Park Wan-soon. The dolphins will spend the next few months being prepared for their release.

SeaWorld launches ‘educational’ dolphin shows

Twenty four hours after the final ‘old style’ Blue Horizons captive dolphin show finished at SeaWorld Orlando, the company’s new ‘more educational’ Dolphin Days show has begun.  But SeaWorld’s attempt to align its brand with the growing public uneasiness with whale and dolphin captivity has left many questioning how different the shows are in reality.

Success for WDC campaign. Thomas Cook the latest to drop tours to captive dolphin parks

Travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has announced that it is dropping tours to some captive dolphin theme parks in the wake of growing public feeling against the use of whales and dolphins for entertainment.

In its own report, Thomas Cook (the UK’s second largest travel company) found many facilities broke UK travel association ABTA’s guidelines and badly treated the dolphins held in small tanks.

Chinese investment company buys stake in SeaWorld

Shanghai-based investment company, Zhonghong Group is to acquire a 21% stake in SeaWorld from private equity firm Blackstone. 

Zhonghong Group, a financial holding company focused on strategic growth opportunities in the leisure, tourism, and culture industries, will now work with SeaWorld on the concept development and design of theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers to be developed and operated by Zhonghong, including exclusive rights in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

SeaWorld attendances drop again

SeaWorld's latest financial results showed that around 30,000 fewer people visited its marine parks during the final quarter of 2016. Revenues were also down year-on-year as the company made a loss of nearly $12 million US dollars.

A number of staff lost their jobs last year as part of an on-going cost-cutting exercise as the company attempts to turn around its fortunes following years of criticism over its continued display of orcas in captivity.

China’s backwards step ignores growing public feeling against breeding orcas in captivity

Just as public opinion turns against keeping orcas in captivity, China has decided to launch a new orca-breeding facility.

Nine orcas have been revealed to the public, five male and four female, at the country's new breeding base at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Guangdong Province.

The move seems particularly strange coming as it does when organizations around the world are looking to end such breeding programmes like this and the public turns its back on cruel captivity shows.

Dolphins suffering in Indonesian travelling circus caught on camera

Video footage taken by an animal welfare NGO in Indonesia has revealed the terrible conditions that dolphins are being kept in by travelling circuses in the country.

The creatures are put into tiny crates prior to being shipped between locations. They are then forced to perform in tiny tanks in shows that include having to leap through burning hoops. Local group, the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, are calling for an end to the practice, and for the local airline, Sriwikaya Air, to stop carrying the dolphins.

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