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Help stop captive dolphins coming to Kuwait!

Bottlenose dolphin in captivity

As the evidence against the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity continues to convince an increasing number of people around the world not to visit facilities holding them and, in the case of big businesses like Thomas Cook and Virgin Holidays ends their promotion of such places and encourages their support for sanctuaries and responsible whale watching as viable alternatives, there are exceptions to the rule where no-one seems to be listening and new facilities are being proposed and constructed to incarcerate more poor creatures.

One of these is in Kuwait, where the respected Scientific Center is planning to expand its facilities and build a captive dolphin facility.

Kuwait’s only brush with whale and dolphin captivity was in 2001 when a travelling dolphin and beluga show from Russia entered the country, giving circus-styles performances for tourists and locals. We don’t know what happened to the individuals featured in the shows.

Kuwait’s Scientific Center is not a place for captive dolphins. Even if the individuals to be displayed there are not captured from the wild to stock the facility they will come from far away, possibly Russia again, to be held in small pools, contributing nothing to their conservation of their species, performing in uneducational shows and suffering health and welfare problems. They are so many different whale and dolphin species in Kuwaiti waters to see wild.

Please sign the petition to the Kuwaiti Scientific Center asking them not to go ahead with their dolphinarium plans and let’s stop dolphin captivity expanding to yet another corner of the globe.

Many thanks in advance. 

About Cathy Williamson

Cathy Williamson was policy manager of our End Captivity Programme until July 2021.