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Legislation in France has been updated to include a breeding ban for captive dolphins in France. Animal rights activists have reportedly welcomed this as a “historic French advance”.
The French government has also banned keeping all dolphins, porpoises and dolphins in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins.
French aquariums and water parks will be given six months to comply, and have three years to expand their pools.
This news has been welcomed by animal rights activists, conservationists and wildlife charities.
The French Environmental Minister, Segolene Royal, signed the new legislation, although it is reported that she considers that rules need to be “more radical” after learning of the reported drugging of animals in aquariums.
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