Sea animals that perform shows live in captivity, and that’s a fact. They perform tricks in tiny pools and live in tanks that is a fraction of the size of their natural habitat. However, Mexico City has made a symbolic move by banning dolphin captivity, marking a historic moment in Mexico’s animal rights scene.
Six Flags presents a popular show, where they make dolphins “kiss” and perform unnecessary tricks. Now, they’ll have to end due to a new law effective as of January 2018.
“Having Mexico City itself take this enormous step is very important, and we think sends a strong signal to the rest of Mexico and Latin America that this is something they need to think about,” said Mark Palmer, associate director of the International Marine Mammal Project, who advocates against the use of dolphins and whales for circus acts.
The Legislative Assembly of Mexico City passed the transformative bill on August 1st, banning the use of dolphins for public display, therapy, scientific research, training and any form of entertainment.
In Defense of Animals (IDA) had ranked Six Flags before as the sixth-worse tank for dolphins in their Top Ten list of Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales in North America. According to IDA, the two dolphins who currently call this place home are “coerced to perform circus acts to crowds as loud music blares.” They also participate in swim programs, which can stress dolphins out.
Yolanda Alaniz, who is a dolphin advocate and pro legislation, believes that the new law banning dolphin shows is a huge success. She is currently working towards extending this law across the entire country.
“It was an excellent example we think should be replicated throughout Mexico.”