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Ban the captivity of dolphins, whales, and porpoises in England

Submitted by Margaret Dodds on Tuesday 31st October 2023

Published on Tuesday 21st November 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 21st May 2024

Current Signatures: 1,634
(count is updated approximately hourly)

Petition Action

Ban the captivity of dolphins, whales, and porpoises in England

Petition Details

The last dolphinarium in the UK closed in 1993, but no laws are preventing other facilities from opening. We want to make it illegal to keep dolphins, whales, or porpoises in captivity in England.

Additional Information

Dolphins, whales and porpoises are intelligent, social marine mammals. We believe that they are not suited for a life in confinement, which can cause them misery, stress, and extensive suffering.

Although it may be publicly frowned upon, keeping cetaceans captive is not illegal in England, providing an unwanted window of opportunity for the re-emergence of such facilities.

We believe these places should have no future in England. Establishing a ban is the least the Government can do.


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