Monday 16 September 2019 | 6

Aïcko: dignity for an animal

Oh no, we have not forgotten Aïcko, a young dolphin who died in excruciating pain at Planète Sauvage (44), in November 2016. We are continuing the fight for him so that the truth is not stifled to how he was and how he died...

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One Voice takes up the torch to do justice for this young dolphin who left us far too early ... After a botched autopsy, an expert opinion with confusing conclusions, many questions remain unanswered today. So, we return to ask them before other jurisdictions.

Choking in regulations

It is a sad pun to describe the treatment of this case because, remember, Aïcko was force-fed, with whole fish, when his state of weakness required liquidated food for intubation. He was vomiting from his air hole, but he was put back in the water and, feeling himself sinking, he threw himself violently against a wall. An ugly death from suffocation, broken larynx, at the end of a life full of suffering and stress. So? There is no sanction related to this huge error, nor to the causes of this drama: a prolonged anaemia, about which we had raised the alarm. We also reported on the repeated violence that this puny dolphin had suffered, as he was preyed upon by the other dolphins in the pool and to also be included in the "shows" is none other than sick !

The law of silence ?

The time has passed since we had reinforced our convictions: the rules for keeping captive wildlife have not been respected in this set of circumstances. And if at the time of this case we had obtained an expert report to shed light on this death (brutal, and yet predictable), this long fight had only added grey areas to the case. The veterinarians and specialist biologists who have accompanied us in the defence of captive cetaceans have all been disgusted by the park's postures. The conclusions (and deficiencies) made by an "expert" who was able to suggest that captivity avoids the stresses related to the quest for food in the wild: a very personal vision of an animal being.

For a protection association like ours, it is terrible to see the suffering of “a little love” (the Japanese name for Aïcko) and its similar detainees that are not recognized. But this pain becomes prejudice when the captive animal dies in opaque circumstances and the horror persists, unchanged, in the closed doors of the pools and the unworthiness of these unnatural shows. We will not stop submitting these problems to both judges and politicians. For them, thank you for supporting our fight and the actions and petitions underway.


While Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, announces an upcoming action plan on captive wildlife, remember that the suffering of animals in these pools is not a show that should be offered to children, but a scourge to fight against and stop. Orcas and dolphins lead a miserable life in these dolphinariums. It is time to release them into marine sanctuaries. Please join with us at Place Royale in Nantes on September 17th at 12pm.

Frédéric Rideau
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In the subject

Council of State dolphinarium decree: a rapporteur just doesn't get it!
Counselling for the staff of Planète Sauvage, which is claiming 100,000 Euros from us!

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Animaux ma ie | Friday 27 September 2019

Inadmissible et honteux, comment peut-on faire une horreur pareille ? Il faut interdire ça définitivement et laisser les animaux dans la nature, là où est leur place.

Bea | Thursday 26 September 2019

BARBARIE ! Il faut que ces actes odieux cessent ! Les pouvoirs publics ne peuvent plus continuer à ignorer la volonté massive des Français qui ne veulent PLUS de ces PRISONS POUR ANIMAUX SAUVAGES: cirques, delphinariums, certains zoos !
Cette situation est INACCEPTABLE !

Bonnie | Thursday 26 September 2019

L'horreur de la maltraitance animale s'arrêtera-t-elle un jour ? Difficile à croire car l'humanité est de plus en plus barbare et ne cherche que le profit.

Dominique | Tuesday 17 September 2019

Il faudrait continuer à sensibiliser l'opinion publique et notamment les parents et enfants à déserter les delphinariums. L'opinion publique est une arme efficace et supérieure à tous ces hommes politiques et sociétés qui ne pensent qu'à se faire de l'argent en exploitant les animaux.