Dolphin shows to be outlawed in NSW as new law passes

Captive dolphins will no longer be commercially bred or imported into the state of NSW after new regulations were introduced.

The rules, introduced by NSW environment minister Matt Kean today, followed an upper house inquiry into dolphin parks and circuses, and will see dolphin shows disappear from the state.

The move has been hailed by Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst, who served as deputy chair of the inquiry. She said the industry is now “effectively done and dusted” in NSW.

“After so many years of allowing exploitation, it’s encouraging that NSW is listening to experts and the community, and finally catching up with the global movement to protect these animals,” she said.

“The writing is on the wall – these animals were not born to perform. They do not exist for our entertainment. They deserve a life worth living, and NSW has recognised this with these new regulations.” Michael Dahlstrom


Belgium to consider closing Bruges dolphinarium by 2022, Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare Ben Weyts, is pushing for a decision to be made with regards to the keeping of dolphins in the Flemish region of Belgium, where the only existing dolphinarium, Boudewijn Sea Park, is located.  Initially, there may be a ban on breeding leading to a full closure of the facility, which would be a positive step forward as this would result in yet another country becoming free of facilities holding captive dolphins.

This latest news is welcomed by Margaux Dodds, lead of Marine Connection’s captivity campaigns comments; “In 2020, Brussels Minister for Animal Welfare, Bernard Clerfayt also added his support for this to be passed, we are therefore very hopeful this will receive the support required to become law.” Marine Connection


Endless TEARS...

About 450 whales have died in what is suspected to be Australia's largest stranding on record, officials say.

Since Monday, hundreds of long-finned pilot whales have been found beached on Tasmania's west coast. Rescuers had managed to save 50 by late on Wednesday, and they were trying to help the remaining estimated 30 whales. Tasmanian government officials said the rescue effort would continue "as long as there are live animals".

"While they're still alive and in water, there's still hope for them - but as time goes on they do become more fatigued," said Nic Deka, regional manager for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service.

It is not fully understood why the whales became stranded.

The stranding, one of the largest ever recorded globally, eclipses a previous national record of 320 set in Western Australia in 1996...


A Nudibranch was sighted for the first time in the Adriatic. The mollusc, not very present in the Mediterranean, was photographed in the waters of the Riccione coast. The unique 'animal' was photographed in the sea in front of Riccione by Renato Santi, an underwater photographer who is part of the Sub Riccione and the Blennius association that deals with the protection of the marine environment and the coastal territory. The Nudibranch are molluscs that live from 20 to 150 meters on the seabed. The precise name is Nudibranco Tethis fimbria and its presence in the waters in front of the Riccione coast not only demonstrate the excellent state of the sea but also the good result we obtained with coastal protection policies


Taiji

Another dark season starts…

Enough of heartbreak and pain

Dolphins are taken out of the water

Stolen from their families, they want to remain.

 

They do not harm us

Year after year… Why you do?

No tradition can be cruel as this

No matter the protests, you insist.

 

Endless tears fill an ocean

Where we all come from…

Broken hearts, cries for help

PLEASE care and let them on their own.

 

Angels of the Sea, may you be protected, riding the waves WILD and FREE. 🙏

© DolphinART Italy by Annette von Bieber


FEDS MAKING IT HARDER TO KEEP WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES IN CAPTIVITY!

The Canadian government is making it more difficult to keep cetaceans, including whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity.

On August 20, Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, launched a 90-day online public consultation regarding policies that implement legislative changes to the Fisheries Act, which came into force in 2019.

This new legislation imposes a very specific set of circumstances in which whales, dolphins and porpoises, as a last resort, can be removed from their natural habitat--they come as a result of June 2019 amendments made to the Criminal Code and Fisheries Act, which were intended to end the captivity of these animals.“Like Canadians across the country, our Government understands that whales, dolphins and porpoises should be enjoyed in the wild, not on display behind glass walls," Jordan said in a news release.

These new policies will help end their captivity across the country and ensure those already in captivity will not be imported or exported into or from Canada, unless it is in the best interest of their health, welfare, or for strong scientific reasons," she continued.