BREAKING: Adios to Dolphin Shows in Mexico City
BREAKING: In yet another victory for dolphins, Mexico City Congress has just put an end to their commercial exploitation. Yesterday, the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF) prohibited the use of dolphins in public displays, therapy, scientific investigation, training and entertainment. Anyone caught violating this law will be subject to fines ranging from $113K – $300K pesos.
The ban on dolphin captivity was adopted unanimously, with dolphins being recognized as sentient beings who suffer in concrete tanks. Facilities that feature captive dolphins have been given three months to comply with this new law.
The best way to bring about change for the common good is by example. Kudos to our friends and colleagues in Mexico, as well as deputy López Adame and the coordinators of parties in the local Mexico City Congress for enacting this positive step for dolphins. We encourage the rest of the country to follow in Mexico City’s footsteps and ban all captive dolphin displays.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project
Dolphin shows are becoming more and more unpopular, as people learn of the cruelty behind such “entertainment”. Earlier this year, after many protests against the horrific traveling dolphin circuses in Balikpapan, the Mayor of Balikpapan City undersigned a commitment to no longer allow any animal shows in the city, keeping it free from any forms of animal exploitation. Last year, the National Aquarium in Baltimore announced they would be retiring their captive dolphins to a seaside sanctuary.
Please take a moment to thank deputy López Adame and the Mexico City Congress who made the right choice on behalf of dolphins. It is not known at this time where the captive dolphins will be sent, but the obvious next step is to ensure their retirement from concrete tanks.
Dip. Antonio Xavier López Adame
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Verde Ecologista de México
Dip. César Arnulfo Cravioto Romero
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional
Dip. Jesús Armando López Velarde Campa
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Movimiento Ciudadano
Dip. Jorge Romero Herrera
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Acción Nacional
Dip. Leonel Luna Estrada
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido de la Revolución Democrática
Dip. Israel Betanzos Cortés
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Revolucionario Institucional
Dip. Carlos Alfonso Candelaria López
Coordinador Parlamentario del Partido Encuentro Social
Dip. Juan Gabriel Corchado Acevedo
Coordinador Coalición Parlamentaria
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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands