Switzerland’s lower house voted on Tuesday to ban the keeping of dolphins in zoo aquariums or for entertainment purposes following the deaths last year of three dolphins at a Swiss theme park.
The surprise vote was welcomed by Antoine Goetschel, Switzerland’s first “animal lawyer”, who urged the upper house to endorse the ban.
“I am pleased that keeping animals in this kind of way is viewed across party lines as unacceptable and to be banned,” Goetschel told Reuters. He is seen as a legal advocate for pets, livestock and wildlife in the canton of Zurich.
The vote follows criticism from animal rights activists following the death of three dolphins last year at Connyland, a water theme park in Lipperswil, Switzerland.
Full story: Reuters
See earlier story about Connyland: Dolphins “fed drugs by ravers”