Not only did France ban breeding whales and dolphins in captivity, but they’ve gone a step further. Determined to improve living conditions for whales and dolphins in captivity, new regulations have been set on pool sizes, contact between humans and animals (like swimming with dolphins), and entertainment for contained creatures. By banning the breeding of whales and dolphins in captivity, France has effectively planned to no longer have animals living in captivity for Sea World-like shows.
The legislation, which was validated on May 3 by President Hollande’s French environmental minister Ségolène Royal, follows two years of intense campaigning, which brought to light the issue of drugging whales in aquariums. Because of this, a second version of the original bill was drafted to make the lives of whales and dolphins in captivity better.
There are four venues across France which have whale and dolphin shows (much like SeaWorld, here in the U.S.) and they have been given six months to comply with the legislation, and three years to improve the living conditions for their animals. Among some of the improvements will be eliminating chlorine from the water that the animals swim in.
Learn more in the video above.