Captivity of dolphins and whales to end in France

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Captivity of dolphins and whales to end in France

10 May 2017
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France has banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales, together with the keeping of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held.

The new rules ban direct contact between animals and the public, such as swimming with dolphins, and require pools holding the animals to be made significantly larger. There are six months for establishments to comply with some of the rules, and they must expand their pools within three years.