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Zoomarine accused of animal exploitation

ZoomarineIn light of recent accusations, Zoomarine have released a statement saying that the recent claims made against the theme park are “absurd, lack scientific basis and aim to create public outrage”, following the publishing of a report by World Animal Protection. The report placed Zoomarine on a list of venues to avoid until they “drastically improve their animal welfare”.

The report was a result of collaboration between World Animal Protection (WAP) and the Change for Animals Foundation. It included a study which states that 75 percent of venues that had been looked at offered “at least one type of animal visitor interaction including some truly horrific cases that have no place in modern zoos and aquariums”.

Following the study, Zoomarine in Guia was placed on a list of 12 venues to “avoid”, with the WAP adding that: “It is time that people be part of the solution and avoid venues that offer cruel interactions. This will send out a clear message – that treating animals this way is not acceptable”.

“We witnessed dolphins, intelligent marine predators, performing choreographed “tricks” for noisy crowds. We found them being treated as nothing more than selfie props as visitors hugged, stroked and kissed them. We even saw them being made to exhibit human actions such as “waving” with their flippers.”

“World Animal Protection believes that holding dolphins captive in tiny enclosures constitutes a life devoid of naturalness.”

Following the publication of the report, Zoomarine responded to the accusations stating that they were “unacceptable”.

“Our family of professionals categorically rejects such accusations and does not recognise the technical-scientific basis, clinical basis, veterinary medical experience in exotic species, and / or ethological context to such a document. We know that this text is an attempt by extremists to use false “animal malaise” arguments to illicitly promote animal rights policies (that is, to try to advance their prohibitionist ideologies).”

Zoomarine went on to highlight the numerous awards they have received over the decades: “We know that many animals suffer in the world, and for 30 years our teams of professionals have been trying to educate our visitors and partners on such suffering. The many dozens of international prizes we have won since 1991 are a clear sign of our commitment in steadily enhancing the level of well-being that our nonhuman families enjoy.”

Moreover, Zoomarine revealed that a recent inspection from American Humane, awarded Zoomarine with 94.7 percent in their evaluation showing “clear proof that we are on the right track”.

Zoomarine concluded by expressing that: “Our team will continue to play their role proudly and joyfully, continue to love and protect the species that we welcome and live here, and will continue to show every day, year after year, to those who visit us and to the specialists with whom we cooperate, the high levels of well-being, care and affection we give to those to whom Zoomarine is dedicated to: our zoological family”.


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0 #10 Paul Rees 2019-10-06 05:48
Quoting Peter Booker:
I have never heard of WAP, nor of CfAF. What status do they have? Who are they? What are their stated aims? How many people do they represent? It is significant, Ed, that you do not include this type of information in your report.

World Animal Protection is an international non-profit animal welfare organization that has been in operation for over 30 years. The London-based charity describes its vision as: A world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

From the Change fior Animals Foundation website:

CFAF aims to improve the lives of animals throughout the world by delivering and supporting positive and lasting change for animals.
Our aims
To provide tailored expertise and support for organisations, institutions and governments.
To deliver campaigns, advocacy and project-based work.
To create an environment where the importance of animal welfare is inherent in society.
-2 #9 Charly 2019-08-11 17:45
And there is another problem as well: over the last 15 years we visited the shows 6 times with our grandchildren. Now they want no more to go to Zoomarine…. as in their conviction Zoomarine never changed its shows or programs in these 15 years. Conclusion: it's enough ! stop it now !
+4 #8 John Talbot 2019-08-11 09:19
A truly informative article based on academic research was in a recent Independent about the link established by repeatedly witnessing abuse of abandoned dogs whilst growing up can lead to a lack of social empathy and hence a predisposition towards anti-social criminal behaviour in adulthood. That casual cruelty of this kind, seeing the dogs being strangled; hanged; forced to fight; beaten and with cats, drowned in buckets, without an adult in their lives to say that this is wrong becomes accepted as normal. So then continuing the behaviour. Hitherto it had been well established that growing up in a sexually, emotionally or physically abusive environment impacted as adult parents and could run for generations. Partners actually looking for another who shared their enthusiasms and damaging those partners who did not. But now the link to animals. Just as Mallorca announces it is returning to bull fighting - our thoughts turn to the children's bull fighter training schools across Iberia wherein children witness and carry out horrendous abuse of calves without an adult in their lives to say that this is wrong.

+8 #7 Lindy 2019-08-10 11:12
Who would want to pay to see dolphins forced to perform in captivity, their eyes red from chlorine, their spirit broken - only tourists looking for a day's entertainment for their children. I agree with Jack Reacher - see them in the wild at Sagres.
-2 #6 Chip 2019-08-10 10:58
Is there evidence that dolphins dislike performing "tricks"? A question, not a statement.
+8 #5 AL 2019-08-10 09:39
The same can be said for every Zoo in the world. These organisations pretend to care about animals but in the end they are just another charity that use emotional blackmail to finance itself. Business as usual.
+1 #4 Peter Booker 2019-08-10 09:02
I have never heard of WAP, nor of CfAF. What status do they have? Who are they? What are their stated aims? How many people do they represent? It is significant, Ed, that you do not include this type of information in your report.
+9 #3 dw 2019-08-10 09:01
Kermit is right. As ever it's all about the money. There is no ethical reason for dolphins to be in captivity.
+11 #2 Kermit 2019-08-10 05:44
Zoomarine makes dolphins perform to raise money, some of which goes towards animal care and rehabilitation. I have never been there. I think dolphins should not be forced to perform.
+1 #1 Jack Reacher 2019-08-09 17:26
Shut this place down. It panders to uneducated and ignorant tourists that flocl to the Algarve. Its embarassing cruel amd totally unethical. No defense when you can see wild dolphins in Sagres. Its only open cos tourists go there..

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