France overturns ban on captive dolphin breeding
France’s highest administrative court on Monday (22/1/18) overturned a ban on the breeding of dolphins in captivity, a victory for marine parks which had argued the move could put them out of business.
The previous Socialist government ordered the ban, which also applied to killer whales, last May after complaints from animal rights groups hoping to end marine and aquarium shows.
But former environment minister Segolene Royale had tightened the ban at the last minute, and failed to consult the public and others on a measure that could have forced aquariums to close.
Aquariums and parks such as Marineland in southern France—the biggest attraction of its kind in Europe—have faced growing criticism in recent years over their animals’ living conditions.
“This is excellent news for our animals and animal parks in France,” said Pascal Picot, managing director at Marineland…
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