Dolphin Shows Might End in Switzerland

Coming after the good news a captive dolphin in South Korea will be released back into the ocean, is an even better development for dolphins. The Swiss senate has passed provisions which will block the importing of dolphins and other cetaceans.

Their House of Representatives approved a ban on keeping captive dolphins, but the Senate chose to pursue a ban on importing them, which would mean when the dolphins living there now pass away, no new ones will be acquired so none will exist in captivity.

“I am pleased that keeping animals in this kind of way is viewed across party lines as unacceptable and to be banned,” said Antoine Goetschel, a Swiss lawyer.  (Source: Reuters)

What prompted the legislature to consider banning dolphins in captivity was an incident at an amusement park which caused dolphins to die needlessly. Eight dolphins were reported to have passed away at the park just in the last several years.

Wild dolphins don’t belong in captivity. Because they can swim 40 miles a day or more in the open ocean, putting them in small concrete pools is something like a form of torture. Not only do they swim long distances in ocean habitats, they are intelligent, curious, playful creatures that constantly explore their surroundings. Human-made pools–homogenous, tiny containers–lack the normal biodiversity wild dolphins interact with in the ocean.

As the WSPCA says, “In contrast, captive dolphins are forced to swim in endless circles in artificial habitats, interact with unfamiliar dolphins and other species,  eat dead fish, and perform behaviors that are unnatural and in some cases painful. Captive dolphins also face exposure to human infection and bacteria, chemicals such as chlorine, and suffer from stress-related illnesses.” (Source:

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Zee Kallah
Helen Porter3 years ago

The day will come when the species shall love and enjoy one another..........

Steven R.
Steve Rose3 years ago

This is a start. Switzerland leading the way again. Next, let's petition to have 102 other countries with dolphinariums pass similar legislation. Thousands of dolphins die each year in places like the Soloman Islands when they are rounded up and attempted to be captured into slavery. Many are killed by the humans attempting to capture them. Many die enroute to the dolphinariums. Many find death preferable than being separated from their mothers, fathers, cousins, sons and daughters uncles and aunts of their pods and commit suicide. Like ivory tusks of elephants, each dolphin sold is worth many thousands of dollars, and a black market is created for captured dolphins sold into slavery.

Dolphins rescue and save thousands of drowning humans each year and this is how we honor them - by killing them capturing them and enslaving them??? Who's the more intelligent species???

Bmr Reddy
Bmr Reddy3 years ago


Dainzu Arroyo
Dainy A3 years ago

Wild dolphins don’t belong in captivity

Svetlana B.
Svetlana B3 years ago

Great news. All dolphin shows should end!

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe4 years ago

This is good news & hopefully this will have a snowball effect, it's a great start. Go the Swiss.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

good news

Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago

I am SO Very Happy for those dolphins- Great News indeed!

Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago

I am SO Very Happy for those dolphins- Great News indeed!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago