Sunday, 8 May 2016

Bob Carr backs bid to abolish dolphin captivity in NSW

Former premier supports legislation, which has cross-party backing, as well as campaign by dolphin advocacy group to end captivity at the state’s only dolphin park in Coffs Harbour

Thursday 5 May 201604.24 BST Last modified on Thursday 5 May 201605.35 BST

A legislative bid to abolish dolphin captivity in New South Wales, targeting the remaining park in the state in Coffs Harbour, has gained cross-party support as well as that of the former premier Bob Carr.

More than 85,000 people have already backed advocacy group Australia for Dolphins’ appeal to premier Mike Baird to end dolphin captivity in the state since it launched on 9 April.

Carr, Labor members Penny Sharpe and Mick Veitch, Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi, and Animal Justice party member Mark Pearson threw their support behind the bid to “convince Coffs” on Thursday morning.

“Those two words, dolphins and captivity, don’t sit happily together,” said Carr, citing the “magnificent” animals’ intelligence and abilities.

“To think of these creature being confined in a pool, one-third of the size of an Olympic swimming pool, is to know what this is all about. It’s plain cruel.”Only two dolphin parks remain open in Australia, one of which is Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour.

It has five bottlenose dolphins in its care, which perform tricks and swim with visitors.

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