ARMENIA – The bad news is another dolphinarium opened, this time in Armenia. The good news is that an alliance of 50 Armenian environmental groups and animal-welfare organisations gathered outside the new dolphinarium in protest. Change happens slowly, but it is happening, in every country on the planet. Soon the day will come when people no longer support these dolphin prisons at all. In the meantime, we protest. – Global Animal

YEREVAN (AFP) – Environmentalists on Friday staged a protest against alleged cruelty to animals as Armenia’s first dolphinarium opened in the capital.

Protesters representing an alliance of 50 Armenian environmental groups and animal-welfare organisations gathered outside the new dolphinarium in Yerevan’s Komitas Park holding placards that read: “Don’t use dolphins for entertainment!”

The campaigners believe that keeping dolphins in confined spaces is cruel and could cause them to become psychologically disturbed.

They also argue that the climate in Yerevan — where winter temperatures can plunge to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) — is not suitable.

“Summer is too dry and winter is too severe, which is harmful for dolphins and other sea mammals,” said Ruben Khachatrian, director of the Fund for Wildlife Protection.

But the Ukrainian company that built the new tourist attraction — home to four dolphins and two fur seals — has said that suitable conditions will be guaranteed and a glass dome will ensure protection from bad weather.

“I don’t understand this protest — we are giving children an opportunity to interact with these beautiful animals,” said dolphin trainer Dmitry Uryvsky.

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  1. @ the ding dong trainer named Dmitry Uryvsky…Let me help you understand the reason for the protest. The sea life is NOT yours to steal from the sea. They are captured under the cruelest and most unusual circumstances. If they survive the horror of capture and transport, they will live their lives swimming circles, doing tricks for dead food, under a man made dome, as opposed to, swimming and diving and playing and hunting up to 100 miles per day. Building communities, societies, and communicating with generations of their own kind, under the sky, the sun, the moon, and the stars, all based upon their freedom. Further more, it is a crime to teach children that sea life is created for profit, and cheap entertainment. You are an idiot, and so is anyone else who patronizes these houses of horror.