Dolphin deaths draw protestors to beach in Calvia

MARINE conservation group Earthrace Conservation held a peaceful protest on the beach behind ‘Marineland’ (Calvia) on Monday. The group contacted The Euro Weekly News as they wanted people in Mallorca to be aware of how many dolphins and whales have died in captivity.

On a section of the beach members of the group marked an outline of a dolphin. The inside they filled with small crosses and on each one they had written the name of the animal that has died in captivity. The country in which the animal had died was also written on it.

In total there were 5,500 crosses and 20 new ones since September 2012. People on the beach asked the group about what they were doing and even joined in. There are still 2,200 dolphins, 40 orca and almost 200 beluga whales around the world in captivity.

Spain nationally is in the top10 for cetacean species in captivity. Beverly Bailey from Earthrace said: “The only circumstances that are acceptable for any cetacean to be kept in captivity is temporarily in the event of a stranding or rescue followed by a rehabilitation and release program.”

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