Animal Liberation Malta and Moviment Graffitti jointly organized a symbolic demonstration in front of Mediterraneo Park on Saturday, October 28th, with the intention of shedding light on the suffering endured by animals held in captivity.
One of the activists creatively portrayed a dolphin inside a small pool, symbolizing the severe space constraints that captive dolphins face. To put it in perspective, a pod of dolphins in their natural habitat can travel up to 100 kilometers in a single day.
During the demo, an activist dressed in a wetsuit mimicking a trainer, prompted the “dolphin” to perform tricks like clapping or jumping in exchange for fish. This served to illustrate the conditional training methods these animals are subjected to, effectively transforming them into performing animals, similar to those found in circuses, albeit under the façade of a licensed zoo.
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‘The animals imprisoned in this building spend extended periods alone in confined spaces when they are not performing – sometimes for hours on end. Many of these animals are social by nature, adding on to the number of unnatural conditions they are subjected to.’
Animal Liberation Malta and Moviment Graffitti emphasize that the first step in assisting these animals is for the public to refrain from supporting such shows.
‘Purchasing a ticket effectively endorses these exploitative actions towards dolphins and the rest of the imprisoned animals. They further urge the authorities not to grant permits to Mediterraneo for the importation of new animals, including sea lions, dolphins, or any other creatures, even if they are captive-bred. Additionally, we want to remind the public that there are numerous ethical and educational alternatives to appreciating animals that do not involve visiting zoos.’