Cyprus Mail

Government goes back on dolphin ban

THE GOVERNMENT has overturned a decision banning dolphinariums after a business proposal for Paralimni, it was reported on Friday.
In 1999 former President Glafcos Clerides issued a ban on importing cetaceans and creating dolphinaria – the only EU member state to do so.
Under the new system, the Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis will be able to examine applications on a case-by-case basis.
“We are completely opposed to this, especially taking into consideration the history of the matter,” Green Party spokeswoman Eleni Chrysostomou said, referring to a dolphinarium that operated in Ayia Napa during the 1990s past and was closed down after campaigns against the terrible conditions.
“Animals should not be used for profit. After the last dolphinarium closed down the government said they were committed to protecting animals. Why change now?” leader of Cyprus Voice for Animals Mary Anastasi said, answering her own question with the word “profit”.

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