A struggling Hong Kong theme park has stated it is going to finish its controversial dolphin and sea lion reveals however will proceed to permit guests to hug a dolphin, drawing criticism from animal rights teams.
Ocean Park stated it could substitute the every day reveals at its flagship enclosure with “underwater viewing alternatives” for guests.
“Beneath the brand new plan, the Ocean Surprise present will stop, ” stated Leo Kung, chairman of Ocean Park.
Nonetheless, the park stated it could proceed to permit guests to pay to feed and pose with the dolphins within the water.
Ocean Park’s captive animal reveals and dolphin-petting actions have lengthy been criticised by the animal rights group.
Dolphins undergo bodily and mentally from life in captivity, in response to the Born Free Basis which additionally says on its web site that bodily interactions with the general public are “extremely tense” for the animals.
“Ocean Park’s resolution to finish its dolphin reveals however to maintain the animals as a vacationer gimmick is a missed moral and monetary alternative, ” stated Jason Baker, vp of PETA (Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals).
Hong Kong non-profit organisation Animal Rights Training stated in a Fb assertion the transfer was an essential step, however urged the park to step by step finish marine animal captivity.
In response to the park’s annual report, it had 7,600 animals together with 63 marine mammals, 59 terrestrial mammals, 454 birds and others.
The amusement park has suffered an “unprecedented steep decline” in guests of greater than 30% since pro-democracy protests broke out within the monetary hub final summer season, the South China Morning Publish lately reported.
Hong Kong’s authorities is planning to assist the park with a HK$10.6bil (RM5.68bil) money injection.
Other than changing the Ocean Theatre, the park additionally goals so as to add 26 new rides as a part of a plan to remodel it into an adventure-themed attraction. – AFP