The campaign to save dolphins in India received massive response on Earth Day, with thousands of people pledging not to visit any facility that holds dolphins or any other cetacean in captivity for commercial use.
The campaign was initiated after dolphinariums were proposed to come up in four cities namely Kochi, Sindhudurg, Noida and Mumbai.
The campaign which is against captive dolphins and other cetacean for display or performance for commercial entertainment has not only been successful in generating support from within the country but from foreign countries such as the US, UK and Canada as well.
A FIAPO spokesperson commenting on the initial success of the campaign said, “We have launched a national pledge through Awaaz which has already seen hundreds of supporters pledging never to go to a facility which holds cetaceans in captivity”.
Dolphins are protected in India, under the schedule 1 of Indian Wildlife Act 1972, according to which anyone found guilty of killing them can be imprisoned for up to 6 years.
“We are confident that the Ministry of Environment and Forests will become a leading example of sensitive and proactive legislation in support of the animal protection movement and prohibit the establishment of dolphinariums in India,” said FIAPO’s spokesperson.
The dolphin population which was on the verge of extinction in the 90’s, has been on an increase from the last six years and has increased by 4.6% from last year.