The dolphin park Dolfinarium in Harderwijk can no longer use the slogan “Discover, experience and protect” in its promotional material, the advertising watchdog Reclame Code Commission decided,
Animal rights organization House of Animals had flagged the marine zoo because it claimed the slogan suggested that by purchasing a ticket, visitors were helping to protect marine mammals.
The committee agreed that there is no evidence that the Dolfinarium actively contributes to the protection of animals.
“The Dolphin Park has been churning out things about the welfare of dolphins, killer whales and sea lions there for years, but that’s just a big lie,” the spokeswoman said. House of Animals, Karin Soeters, on local Omroep Gelderland TV station. “The zoo can never get close to the natural environment of dolphins, which roam great distances in the wild,” she said.
Dolfinarium general manager Alex Tiebot said the word “protect” referred to the park’s educational function. There is scientific evidence that visiting the park leads to greater awareness of the importance of protecting the environment, he said. The Dolfinarium will appeal the decision.
The zoo recently cut its dolphin shows and said it will focus more on education and animal welfare, but has also come under fire for wanting to sell eight dolphins, two walruses and two sea lions to a zoo Chinese.
Animal welfare organizations criticized the move because they said living conditions at Hainan Ocean Paradise did not meet the required standards.
The authorization for sale was granted by the Minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten, on condition however that the Dolfinarium checks the installations in place.
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