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Dolphin Marine Magic sued over animal cruelty allegations

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 15 Apr 2017
A marine theme-park is being sued by an animal welfare group which claims dolphins at the park are confined in small, shallow concrete pools and overworked.

The Animal Law Institute, which is acting for Australia For Dolphins, filed a statement of claim in the Federal Circuit Court on Tuesday claiming Coffs Harbour-based Dolphin Marine Magic has engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct by keeping dolphins in enclosures smaller than legally allowed, while claiming to meet government welfare standards.

"The dolphins ... are not all happy and are not all healthy," the writ says.

"Dolphins in captivity suffer stress, behavioural abnormalities, high mortality rates, decreased longevity, breeding problems and welfare is generally compromised in artificial, captive environments."

The park's pod of five bottlenose dolphins perform in a pool before a public grandstand twice a day. The park also has 11 seals, penguins, peacocks and turtles among its exhibits.

Melbourne-based Australia For Dolphins has been campaigning against the park since 2014, claiming the pools where it keeps dolphins are too small and that the animals are forced to perform in "demeaning" shows, and kiss members of the public.