Keep Cyprus Captivity-Free!
**Update: Activist Andri Michail has drafted a letter to Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus Republic, requesting that Cyprus continue to be a leader in animal welfare and not allow captivity within the country. Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, along with Wildlife Welfare Cyprus, Earthrace Conservation, Sea Trust and other organizations have signed onto this letter.
The petition goal has been set at 15,000. We need your help to get it there! **
In recent years, many countries have shown sensitivity to the problems of keeping intelligent dolphins and orcas in captivity, confined to very small tanks and removed from their families. However, we are sad to learn the government of Cyprus has reversed this trend by ending their ban on captivity. Your action is needed to ensure that money doesn’t win out against dolphin freedom.
In 1999 former president Glafcos Clerides made international headlines with a ban on dolphinarums and cetacean imports. However, as of March 20, 2015, proposals for captivity facilities may now be examined on a case-by-case basis by the Minister of Agriculture.
Reportedly, the Cyprus government made the change in response to a proposal for at least one dolphinarium.
Activist Andri Michail, a marine biologist with the group Wildlife Welfare Cyprus, was shocked when he read the news in the local paper. He quickly created a campaign and needs as many signatures as he can get.