Σάββατο, 14 Ιουνίου 2014

Asking for the ban of dolphin captivity in Greece (PRESS RELEASE)

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Rally with Ric O’Barry in front of Ministry of Environment, March to Ministry of Agriculture, 119 Mesogeion Avenue, Athens, Greece: Tuesday, June 24th, 10 AM to 12PM  

Stop Attica Zoological Park Dolphinarium (Athens - Greece)
The event is free, hosted by Dolphin Project - Greece and Initiative Against Cetacean Captivity, and supported by the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation and Hellenic Wildlife Hospital.

In January 2014, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of upholding the ban on animal performances. But now the Greek Ministry of Agriculture does nothing to enforce the law which prohibits the animal performances, while the Greek Ministry of Environment continues to allow the keeping of dolphins in captivity.

We are asking the Greek Government to enforce the law and stop the dolphin shows, and most importantly to ban cetacean captivity in Greece. We will also be presenting to the Minister a petition with over 7000 signatures, asking for the ban of dolphin captivity in Greece.

In short, the protesters are asking for: 1) enforcement of the law, 2) a total ban of dolphin captivity in Greece.

Dolphins are intelligent, wide-ranging mammals swimming between 60-100 km a day in the wild. These sentient beings suffer in captivity from confinement and separation from their family pod, dumped into a small concrete tank (only a few meters in length and depth) with strangers and forced to do "shows" through food deprivation. Recent scientific research confirms that keeping dolphins in captivity is physically and mentally detrimental to these animals.

Dolphins born in captivity don't stop being wild animals after a few generations, therefore they suffer equally. In addition, dolphins born in captivity are not releasable and their only use is to preserve the captive population where they live out the rest of their days in shallow chlorinated pools performing tricks for food.


As a nation who loves dolphins and respects them, even having an ancient Greek law that made it illegal to hurt or kill them, it is offensive and disgraceful to have captive dolphins in our country. The time has come to ban cetacean captivity now, in Greece and beyond.

Ric O'Barry is coming to Greece to speak out against the dolphins that are captive in the Attica Zoological Park. On June 22nd, he will be screening the Oscar winning movie "The Cove" and then answering questions. This will be held at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spétses, Greece , from 5-9 pm. On June 24th, from 10 am till noon, there will be a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Environment. Please raise your voice and join Ric in taking a stance against captivity
 






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