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States asked not to grant permission for dolphinariums

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Don’t permit dolphinariums, Centre tells States

A high-level Environment Ministry panel has asked the State governments not to grant permission for dolphinariums after animal rights organisations voiced concern about the welfare of wild species to be held captive in such proposed private facilities.

The Animal Welfare Board of India also asked the Chief Wildlife wardens of states to withhold permission to any persons, government or private players that proposes to import any Cetacean species for commercial exhibition or research purposes.

Dolphinariums are commercial captive facilities that house wild dolphins that have been captured “through cruel methods like drive captures”, says FIAPO, an animal rights organisation.


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