Mexico’s Legislative Assembly has taken a significant step in the right direction regarding dolphin captivity in the country by announcing a ban on dolphin shows and dolphin assisted therapy in the Federal District of Mexico.
There are two facilities in the District, Six Flag, and la Feria Chapultepec (which does not keep dolphins at present). The modified law does not apply to the rest of Mexico but does represent a symbolic and significant step towards a wider ban in the country, which has more than 30 facilities with approximately 300 dolphins held captive.
A new system of fines will apply to anyone who violates the new laws, and the facilities have been given three months to comply.
The Environment Commission’s president, Lopez Adame reiterated that Dolphin Discovery Six Flags Mexico is ranked as the sixth worst dolphinaria in America.
Keeping whales and dolphins in tanks is wrong. Wild whales and dolphins can travel up to one hundred miles a day, distances that they can never hope to reach trapped in a small concrete tank.