Throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic, holiday meccas for North American and European tourists, a bleak picture of life for the dolphins in captivity has been uncovered by a new WSPA report.
The Report on Captive Dolphins in Mexico and the Dominican Republic reveals that the lives of performing dolphins are unnaturally short and full of physical and emotional suffering. The report was commissioned by WSPA and was researched and written by Dr. Yolanda Alaniz, in collaboration with Fundacion Dominicana de Estudios Marinos (FUNDEMAR), the Dominican Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, all of which have a history of involvement in dolphin welfare in the region.
The report describes in detail the state of the two countries’ captive dolphin facilities which are largely found in or near resorts frequented by international tourists. The report also documents the acts of cruelty suffered by captive dolphins as well as the consequences of this cruelty to the animals’ welfare. “Witnessing the cruel impacts of confinement on these intelligent creatures convinced us to uncover the consequences of captivity for dolphins and their populations,” says Dr. Alaniz.
For more information on the negative effects of captivity on the welfare of dolphins, read WSPA’s Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity report