Free All Captive Whales and Dolphins in Europe


Target: CEO of Parques Reunidos, Yann Caillere

Goal: Free all dolphins and whales currently held captive in European dolphinariums

Recently in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, there was a large protest focused on freeing Europe’s captive, intelligent marine life. Dolphinariums were the main corporate focus of the protest, with 34 locations around the European Union. Supporters from all over the world joined together to urge the end of cetacean slavery in Europe. The European Council holds legislation that prohibits keeping cetaceans captive, though dolphinaria businesses around the continent are undeservedly exempt from this ruling. Demand that dolphinariums respect intelligent life and let their captive cetaceans go free.

Within the 34 dolphinaria around the European Union live more than 300 individual cetaceans, consisting of many different species like porpoise and orca whale. Legislation designed to help captive cetaceans was passed by the European Council, though the bill consists of a deadly loophole: If a business is utilizing cetaceans for scientific, educational or conservation purposes, it is allowed to keep the mammals captive. The dolphinaria around the continent utilize this loophole, even though forcing cetaceans to perform for an audience serves none of the protected purposes.

Dolphinariums force cetaceans to perform because it is a lucrative industry. With little knowledge of the depressing lives that captive cetaceans lead, patrons continue to support the industry, and dolphinariums are happy to pretend that their captives are happy and fulfilled.

There is a growing movement against keeping cetaceans captive that has been spreading all over the world. Dolphinariums must admit that their businesses are anything but educational, scientific or based in conservation. Urge the CEO of Parques Reunidos—one of the largest marine mammal park operators in Europe—to free its captive dolphins and whales, so that they may live out the remainder of their lives in their natural environment.


Dear Mr. Yann Caillere,

The 34 dolphinarium locations across the European Union do not serve science or education—they serve profit and dominance. Annex A of the Directive No.338/97 of the European Council ruled that in order to keep cetaceans captive, the captive must serve education, conservation or science. Forcing cetaceans to perform in an unnatural environment for a paying audience does not allow the audience a glimpse into the natural life of the mammals, nor does it do anything for wild cetaceans.

With tiny tanks and a lack of adequate mental stimulation, it is no mystery why these magnificent beasts die prematurely while in captivity. A recent protest in Brussels hit the nail on the head: Keeping cetaceans captive is vile and it is time for dolphinariums to put an end to this degrading industry. No enclosure, no matter how expensive or well designed, will give cetaceans what they experience in the wild.

I urge you to step into the right side of history, Mr. Caillere. Keeping cetaceans captive for any purpose will soon be a thing of the past. Free your captive cetaceans and set a standard for other marine parks around the world.


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Photo credit: Lerdsuwa via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Stephan Wilhelm says:

    Es wird Zeit das diese versifften Drecksaquarien endlich zu gemacht werden!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kelly Reed says:

    Unfortunately, freeing the animals would also be cruel, as they are accustomed to human contact, and are probably unable to fend for themselves in the wild. Perhaps no new animals should be added, or the ones already there should moved to a sanctuary. Simply freeing them would likely amount to their certain death.

    • Not necessarily,they are highly intelligent & would soon learn to fend for themselves,as they feed in pods,not solidarity,yes,for some time they would come back into shore,sea pens could be used at first,until they are re-introduced to a pod & learn how to feed on live fish,not dead,as sea world feed them 🙁 Sea World will try n bluff the general public,that these captive dolphins would not do well back in the Wild,this is a load of rubbish & only serves them as an excuse to keep them prisoners & make money,don’t buy into their lies,research books,google,ask marine biologists,NOT associated with sea world 😉

  3. Terri Scheinuck says:

    Stop this.

    Invest in beautiful boats to take people to where they can breathe and witness the majesty of these beings. This old way (a tank) is not natural for humans or the sea creatures. Seeing them free in their natural setting is what opens up human hearts and allows all spirit to lighten and fly with happiness. Furnish a place where people may swim with dolphins, folks travel the world to do just this.
    THINK, LOW OVERHEAD! THINK, Be of the future not the failure of the past! Free your creatures and watch how the world will change with that one simple (not so simple) act.

    I hope & pray the USA will follow suit, since they will not be leading the change for these beings. Sadly the USA is just all about killing anything, anywhere. Be better than we are and use your power to provide them their FREEDOM. It is in your power! Use your power to better the world and relieve suffering of any kind of any creature. Be blessed by your public rather than condemned. Do what is right, for your spirit and for theirs. A win-win is possible if you use your heart not your wallet.

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