WDCS is dismayed to learn that a new dolphinarium opened in December 2011 at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow, a country where the capture and supply of marine mammals is still a depressingly big business.
The new dolphinarium is home to captive Black Sea dolphins and beluga whales, some of which were formerly housed at the now-defunct Moscow Dolphinarium, which closed down in mid-2011 amid claims of incompetence and animal cruelty.
WDCS is opposed to the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity for many reasons. Whales and dolphins that are confined in a dolphinarium cannot behave naturally. When captive, these animals are severely deprived of freedom, stimuli and social contact, and usually die younger than they would in the wild.
Find out more about whales and dolphins in captivity.