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France scraps ban on breeding dolphins in captivity

RFI: ‘A decree banning the breeding of dolphins and killer whales in captivity has been annulled by France’s highest legal authority on technical grounds. As well as banning amusement park owners and zoos from breeding dolphins and killer whales, also known as orcas, in captivity, the decree, signed last year by the previous government’s environment minister, Ségolène Royal, ordered an increase in the size of pools and banned the use of chlorine in their water so as to “end animal suffering”…

France’s Council of State noted that the ban had initially only been proposed for orcas and ruled that “given the threat to the future of aquatic parks” the change should not have been made without further consultation with their owners… But animal rights campaigners called it a “historic step backwards” and appealed to the government to issue the decree again after going through the correct procedure’. SOURCE…

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