Dolphins in Captivity

(c) Hannu Liivaar

Since 1991, WSPA has engaged in dolphin rescue and reintroduction programs, supported scientific research studies to fill information gaps, participated in outreach and education efforts through campaigns and commercial and governmental lobbying, and established partnerships with other animal protection groups that work on this issue.

WSPA has achieved several notable successes during this time including a pledge from the Seven Seas luxury cruise line to no longer offer dolphin encounter tours at any of their ports of call. WSPA has also co-produced a comprehensive report on the state of marine mammals in captivity titled “The Case against Marine Mammals in Captivity”.

Please explore this section of our website to learn more about dolphins in the wild and the reasons why they should not be kept in captivity.

Bottlenose Dolphin Facts >>

What's Wrong With Swimming With Dolphins? >>

Captive-Bred Dolphins in Interactive Programs >>

US Dolphin Regulations >>

Dolphins in Captive FAQs >>

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