Victory! MoEF says NO to Dolphinariums in India
FIAPO thanks MoEF for releasing the policy stating that they will not allow dolphinariums to be established in India
One step for MoEF and a giant leap for animal protection in India. Minister of Environment, Jayanthi Natarajan has made a landmark decision with MoEF's new policy stating that they will not allow dolphinariums to be established in India.
A FIAPO spokesperson said, " It is a huge victory for the dolphins! We thank the Minister for her leadership, vision and sensitivity in recognizing the need to protect animals from being exploited for any purpose. India has become a beacon of hope for the global movement to protect cetaceans from captivity and we thank Minister Jayanthi Natarajan for setting the benchmark in animal protection for the world, by recognising that dolphins and indeed all cetaceans be seen as “non-human persons” and that they along with all other animals should have their own specific rights and that it is morally unacceptable to keep them or any other animal captive for the purpose of entertainment"
The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) along with their partners Born Free Foundation, Global Green Grants Fund, Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Project and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation have been working on bringing about this prohibition in India for the past year and have together been leading the campaign across the country.
The policy states that the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India have decided not to allow establishment of dolphinarium in the country and have asked all State Governments to reject any such proposal for establishing a dolphinarium by any person/ persons, organizations, Government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever. "
FIAPO is hopeful that this will set a great precedent and lead to such prohibitions in other countries as well.
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