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Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

Dolphins Don’t Belong in ABUSEment Parks – Help Free Them Now!

Dolphins are wild animals, not entertainers. But at Sea World in Queensland, they’re kept confined and their intelligence is exploited to put on shows for human entertainment.

We need your help to stop this.

a dolphin in a tank© Action For Dolphins

In nature, dolphins swim up to 100 kilometres a day with their family pods, diving and riding the waves. They are acoustically oriented – using clicks, whistles, and echolocation to perceive their surroundings. They’re unsuited to life in captivity, where they can only swim a few metres and the reverberations from their sonar bounce off the walls of enclosures, confusing and disorientating them. 

Around the world, the governments of many countries – including Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland – are recognising that dolphins and other cetaceans don’t belong in tanks and are making laws to stop this kind of cruelty. 

New regulations in New South Wales have stopped the breeding of dolphins and will prevent any future dolphin parks from setting up in the state. Now all eyes are on Queensland to do the same.

Sea World keeps 27 dolphins in captivity – 19 of whom were bred there even though none of them belong to an endangered or threatened species.  

Please join us in urging the Queensland Government to stop dolphin breeding and to allow captive dolphins to retire to a sea sanctuary.

Dolphin Breeding Must Be Banned!

Breeding dolphins for a life in captivity is internationally recognised as a form of cruelty, and Queensland must ban the practice before the state harms any more animals in addition to its reputation. 

France announced it would halt its dolphin entertainment industry in 2020, joining the likes of Brazil, Canada, India, Switzerland, and the UK – all of which already have laws in place that ban or significantly restrict the captive display of marine mammals. Most recently, New South Wales has introduced new regulations to stop the breeding of dolphins for entertainment at amusement parks in the state. 

It’s time for Queensland to follow suit.

In nature, dolphins swim up to 100 kilometres a day with their family pods, diving and riding the waves. They are acoustically oriented – using clicks, whistles, and echolocation to perceive their surroundings. They’re unsuited to life in captivity, where they can only swim a few metres and the reverberations from their sonar bounce off the walls of enclosures, confusing and disorientating them. 

Sea World on the Gold Coast is Australia’s last remaining dolphin-breeding facility, breeding offshore bottlenose dolphins and inshore bottlenose dolphins. The RSPCA says Sea World has no grounds to continue captive breeding, as neither species is endangered or threatened. 

The Queensland Government must act swiftly to end this cruelty and keep up with national and global animal welfare standards. 

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