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AustraliaDolphin breeding at Gold Coast Sea World could be banned

07:42  13 march  2019
07:42  13 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Sea World on the Gold Coast could be banned from keeping dolphins at the park. Animal activists on Tuesday launched a petition to ban breeding in captivity. 'Join us and call on the Queensland Government to ban breeding at Sea World , and begin work on a sea sanctuary for the dolphins .

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Dolphin breeding at Gold Coast Sea World could be banned© World Animal Protection / Dean Sewell There are only two captive dolphin venues left in Australia. An international not-for-profit animal welfare organisation is calling on the Queensland Government to ban captive dolphin breeding at Sea World on the Gold Coast for good.

World Animal Protection has launched a public petition which will later be presented to the Queensland Government.

“We want these dolphins at Sea World to be the last generation kept captive in Queensland. The acceptability of dolphin venues like this is on the way out,” Senior Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection Ben Pearson told nine.com.au.

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Queensland Government faces pressure to ban dolphin breeding at Sea World Gold Coast for good. “ We ’ re not talking about closing Sea World , we ’ re not talking about damaging the Queensland economy, we ’ re saying you can ’t justify breeding ,” Mr Pearson said.

Sea World is the premier marine animal park on the Gold Coast , Queensland, Australia. The park includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions, and promotes conservation through education and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

The Gold Coast venue is only one of two captive dolphin venues left in Australia, and with more than 30 dolphins on site, is one of the biggest in the world.

The other venue is Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour.

“We’re not talking about closing Sea World, we’re not talking about damaging the Queensland economy, we’re saying you can’t justify breeding,” Mr Pearson said.

“One of the problems in breeding animals in captivity is you can’t then release them into the wild.

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Sea World is very proud of its world class exhibits for dolphins including some of the largest filtered natural sandy bottom lagoon systems in the world . Learn about these beautiful mammals that call Sea World home and gain insight into Sea World ’s ongoing rescue and rehabilitation activities.

Dolphins performing tricks at Sea World on the Gold Coast .Source:Supplied. However, 17 countries have now banned dolphin captivity, including India which declared dolphins as “non-human persons” and the most recent being Canada, which banned keeping and breeding these marine

“Sea World need to start thinking about a sea sanctuary, and continue to operate as a rescue and rehabilitation venue. This is a conversation we’re already having with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park in Coffs Harbour and it’s time for Sea World to step-up.”

However, Sea World has defended its breeding program and said its work was focused on conservation.

Dolphin breeding at Gold Coast Sea World could be banned© World Animal Protection / Dean Sewell World Animal Protection argues the enclosures do not sufficiently match the marine environment. “While we are aware that some people do not support the idea of animals in human care, we are proud of our passionate team, our world-class facilities and our position as a global community leader in conservation and education,” a spokesperson told nine.com.au.

“The majority of our dolphins have been born at Sea World as part of our managed breeding program, which has been in place for many years.

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Dolphin breeding at Gold Coast Sea World could be banned . Sea World ’s controversial dolphin shows are once again under the spotlight. Queensland Police created an exclusion zone and evacuated residents in Main Beach on the Gold Coast as smoke clouded the skies and flames lined

Bottlenose dolphins performing in Sea World Gold Coast (photo by shutterstock). “We want these dolphins at Sea World to be the last generation According to Pearson, dolphins in captivity can live up to 50 years, with bottlenose dolphins being able to swim a 100 kilometres in a day and dive up to

“Some animals are third generation and others were transferred to Sea World many years ago when other facilities in Australia and New Guinea closed.

“The dolphins at Sea World live in social groups and play and interact with each other as they do in the wild. All of the breeding at Sea World is done as part of a managed breeding program and is done naturally.”

Mr Pearson said Sea World’s breeding program went against the basic tenet of conservation and said Bottlenose dolphins are not endangered.

“There’s nothing about this that is about conservation,” he said.

“If they rescued a dolphin in the wild and they rehabilitated it, then put it in the wild, they’d have our support, but breeding in captivity is not doing that.”

He also pointed out that Sea World’s enclosures do not sufficiently meet the animals’ needs and it indirectly endorses the controversial Taiji dolphin hunt.

“A dolphin in captivity can live 50 years. In the wild, a bottlenose would swim 100kms a day, it can dive 450 meters.  They have a rich marine environment. There is no way a small concrete pool in Sea World can in any way replicate that.

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“Ironically, one of the biggest threats to dolphins in the wild is things like the Taiji Dolphin Hunt in Japan, where they actually capture dolphins in the wild to show them off in dolphin venues. Now Sea World doesn’t do that, they don’t take captured dolphins from dolphin hunts, but by showcasing these animals in a tank these practices are indirectly endorsed,” Mr Pearson said.

Dolphin breeding at Gold Coast Sea World could be banned© World Animal Protection / Dean Sewell Dolphins can live up to 50 years in captivity.

The Queensland government said it supports Sea World.

“Sea World currently holds an Exhibition Licence under the Exhibited Animals Act 2015,” Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Mark Furner told nine.com.au.

“Sea World is approved to hold a maximum number of dolphins and is permitted to breed providing they do not exceed the maximum numbers allowed.”

However, the Queensland government would not comment on whether it would address World Animal Protection’s petition.

World Animal Protection’s petition has attracted 5500 signatures since its launch yesterday. It did not say when the petition will be presented to the Queensland Government.

“We’re hoping the Queensland Government will come very quickly, in which case we’ll top the petition. If they refuse to do that we’ll leave the petition up for as long as we can and then present it to them,” Mr Pearson said.

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