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Trouble Ahead For Dolphin Shows

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Dolphin shows are extremely popular with tourists visiting Los Cabos, but new legislation suggests that they may have some issues ahead in the shape of the recent adoption of the amendment to Article 60 of the General Wildlife Act which prohibits the use of marine mammals in traveling shows within Mexico.

The decree was published last January 26 in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), and will come into force tomorrow.

Animal rights activist based in Los Cabos , Mariana Badillo has called it a “positive step for the pro Animal movement in Mexico and Baja California Sur” and added:

"Before, we had less than 20 members but it has been growing slowly. As society grows more aware, so I think that there will be an effect (of the ban), because in the end , these shows are used to entertain, and there are fewer now who believe that animals should just be entertainment for humans ."

Dolphinariums have proven to be a contentious issue worldwide with the operators stressing the benefits of public education and contact with these intelligent cetaceans, and those opposed highlighting the cruelty of the trade (many dolphins die en route to their pens) and the lack of humanity in keeping such an intelligent creature, used to roaming miles of open ocean, in such a confined space. Some countries, such as India, have now banned them completely and the recent documentary/movies “Black Fish” and “The Cove” have heightened public the awareness of the specific issues of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.

There is no denying their popularity with the public though, with even Mariana admitting that "shows with marine mammals are very popular ."

No official statement has been released by the dolphin show operators in Los Cabos as yet.

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