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Dolphinariums in China, the return of a bad omen for the orcas held by Marineland

Mis à jour le 13 February 2021

More than a year ago we warned that Marineland in Antibes was planning to send Inouk, Wikie, Moana and Keijo to a dolphinarium in China. After a month of
campaigning and three lines of denial, Marineland said it had no plans to send the orcas to China … in 2020.

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A rumour that is unfortunately being confirmed

Since the announcements made by Barbara Pompili and the bill on the mistreatment of animals, the days of dolphinariums in France are – finally – numbered. But now there are fresh rumours about the future of the orcas in France: two Chinese establishments are said to intend to resort to artificial insemination of orcas already held in China, but also to buy captive orcas of reproductive age from abroad. Several such establishments have already been identified: in Russia, the United States, Japan … and in Spain and France.

That's when the declaration made by Marineland to Christian Estrosi during our campaign with Sea Shepherd last year becomes – unfortunately – interesting. It includes the statement "that the future of the animals in the park will depend on the decisions taken by the Ministry of Ecology".

Parc Astérix, a model that should definitely not be followed!

When we see how Parc Astérix got rid – there is no other way of expressing it – of the dolphins held there, it is impossible not to be alarmed at what the next few weeks will bring. No, sending the orcas, 'our' orcas, to China could not be perceived as a fine gesture by Marineland. Allowing this transfer to take place would be scandalous!

Yes, our orcas must be saved!

The end of dolphinariums in France will be a victory only on condition that the animals currently held are given a well-earned retirement, not a one-way ticket to an even worse fate! Inouk, Wikie, Moana and Keijo must not be sent to another dolphinarium, and certainly not to China. They were born in France and it is our duty to offer them a better life, a real life, in a sanctuary!

Translated by Patricia Fairey MCIL

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In the subject

Moana, a young orca in a pitiful state of health at Marineland in Antibes Our investigators saw Ula in a state of extreme emaciation

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christiane | Monday 22 February 2021

La Chine, c'est la mort assurée pour tous les animaux, ce n'est un secret pour personne.

Tosca | Sunday 21 February 2021

Comment les vétérinaire peuvent-ils donner leur aval à des transferts d'animaux de delphinariums à delphinariums ou de zoo à zoo alors qu'ils existent pour veiller au bien-être des animaux ?

Guillemette | Saturday 20 February 2021

Bien sûr qu'ils vont le faire. Ces pauvres animaux seront exploités jusqu'au bout. Dans quel monde vivons-nous ? Qu'attend ce gouvernement pour leur accorder enfin une protection, une reconnaissance ?

amie des animaux | Friday 19 February 2021

Bien sûr et grand merci à toutes les associations qui combattent toute souffrance infligée aux animaux non humains mais il serait encore mieux que les gens boycottent tous ces lieux de souffrance, de misère, de captivité et de domination subies par l'animal humain afin que toutes les portes de ces prisons se ferment à tout jamais !!! Tous les animaux ont le droit de vivre libres dans des espaces adaptés à leur nature !!!