Another three dolphins, Nuik, Tumay and Moraton, were transported by air from Spain to Athens dolphinarium, instead of living in the ocean.
Sorrow and anger!
You can read the whole story till their transportation right below.
By order of local authority and following pressure by the organization FAADA, dolphins show was suspended. After that, in 2018, Barcelona Dolphinarium closed down. Thus, Barcelona became the first European city which announced an official ban on captive cetaceans.
In March 2019, PFPO was informed that some dolphins will be transported to Attica Park. A letter was sent to Ministry of Environment and CITES requesting that dolphins’ transportation is not allowed.
The reasons for this request are mainly two: unlawful operation and the fact that dolphins’ show constitutes a form of abuse as dolphins are suffering from injuries and diseases and many deaths have been recorder. In any case, dolphins’ show is prohibited under the current animal legislation.
Further to our Federation’s request, a press release was issued, co-signed by five animal welfare organizations. Also, MP George Amyras has filled a written question to the Minister of Environment asking that those three dolphins are not transported to Greece.
Unfortunately, even though dolphinarium operates without permit and it has been slated for demolition, import of dolphins was approved. On 21 July 2020, dolphins were transported to Attica Park.
It is a shame for Greece!
Last March, the suspension of dolphinarium’s license was ordered, so six dolphins should had been transported to another place. However, another three dolphins were transported to Attica Park’s dolphinarium which is an illegal structure. It should had been demolished, but Athens Urban Planning had failed to implement final convictions in breach of duty.
Other European countries have decided to close down their dolphinaria.
BOYCOTT Attica Zoological Park
It is like a prison for wild animals and dolphins.
We are against animal captivity for profit.
We hope that Lipsi dolphin sanctuary will be licensed as soon as possible and those dolphins will be happy living there or in another sanctuary and not in a dolpninarium.
Bureaucratic entanglements should be tackled for dolphins rescue!
We really hope that Greece will focus on animal protection in order that animal exploitation and abuse, tolerated by our state, comes to an end.
Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation