Captive dolphins in Belgium
In Bruges, at the Boudewijn Seapark, 9 dolphins are confined in a small chlorinated tank, deprived of sand, sun, fish, seaweeds, natural light or any other natural elements.
These dolphins are forced to perform tricks in exchange of dead fish day after day, year after years.
Four out of those nine dolphins were captured at sea in the most brutal conditions and then transported, by plane and by truck to end up in a concrete tank. The others were born in captivity and their life expectancy is very limited Under the dark dome where former wild Puck, Roxanne and Linda are surviving since 1988
Boudewijn Seapark breaks the European Directive regarding the detention of animals in zoos (Directive EC 1999/22) which states that the environment in which captive animals are kept should be as similar as possible as their natural habitat. However, when it comes to dolphins it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to reproduce their natural habitat and living conditions. Today, there is no law ruling against the opening of a new dolphinarium in Belgium. Such a ban can only be introduced by the Flemish Government.
Now Belgium owns only one dolphinarium. But it was a time when 4 dolphinaria were existing.
« Dauphins Libres » is proud to have largely contributed to the Zoo Antwerp Dolfnarium closure in 1999, with the help of Ric O’Barry.