New South Wales, Australia has banned dolphin breeding, PETA reports! This rule means that no new dolphinariums can open in the state.

Zippy, Bella and Jet are the last three dolphins in the state and are currently living at the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. The park is exploring a sanctuary for the three dolphins.

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Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst said of the industry, “it’s officially done and dusted” in the state. “After so many years of allowing exploitation, it’s encouraging that NSW is listening to experts and the community, and finally catching up with the global movement to protect these animals,” she said. The writing is on the wall – these animals were not born to perform. They do not exist for our entertainment. They deserve a life worth living, and NSW has recognised this with these new regulations.”

Dolphins in captivity are subject to stressful human interactions that cause them physical and mental suffering. Dolphins in parks are confined to small tanks, which often increases aggression and reduces necessary mental stimulation.

You can also sign this petition to ban dolphin captivity!

Read more about dolphins in captivity in One Green Planet, check out these articles:

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