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Freedom! Switzerland Bans Dolphins in Captivity

Country joins Norway, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Cyprus in choosing life over profit.

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In a major victory for dolphins and dolphin advocates, Switzerland’s House of Representatives has voted to outlaw the keeping of dolphins in aquariums or for entertainment purposes.

The Swiss Senate also banned the importation of dolphins going forward, meaning that the three dolphins currently “living” in Connyland, the country’s only dolphinarium, will not be replaced when they die, reports SwissInfo.

“We’re very excited about it,” says Mark Palmer, in an exclusive interview with TakePart. He is the Associate Director of Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project.

“The grassroots group Ocean Care deserves a great deal of credit for working on this for many years, working with Ric [O’Barry, of The Cove] in Switzerland. We also think that Ric’s appearance last year during the Bambi Awards, which aired in Germany and Switzerland, and in which he said, ‘Don’t buy a ticket to these shows’ played a big part.”

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