As some of you reading this might know, before coming to the peninsula we spent six years living on Lanzarote. We still have many links with the island; one of my sons still lives in Puerto Del Carmen, we have friends and clients all over the island, and still feel a strong affinity with the place. We care deeply about what happens there.
What you might not know is that construction is well under way to create a dolphinarium on the island at Rancho Texas. In all our time there we never visited the place. We simply can’t bring ourselves to put money in the hands of theme parks that keep wild animals in “cages”. We weren’t fans of the place. Now we are even less so.
Many animal species, and dolphins are most certainly one of those species, should absolutely NOT be kept captive (this also includes the tigers they already have). They are wild, beautiful and intelligent beings. Our blood boils to think that the island we love, an island that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve could even allow such an abomination. It’s certainly not good for the dolphins, and despite what the authorities might think, it is most definitely not good for the profile of Lanzarote.
Apart from the obvious and highly emotive animal treatment issues the whole decision to do this seems more than a little crazy in a cold commercial sense when third world countries like India (or are they second world now, I’m not sure) are granting dolphins non-human person status and have banned dolphin parks, and Sea World in nearby Tenerife has been the recipient of constant criticism and negative publicity for a long time about its treatment of Orcas. It’s a highly questionable administrative (one has to wonder their motives for granting permission are) and commercial decision for Lanzarote to make when these types of animal parks are thankfully on the demise.
I’m no extreme animal activist. I don’t mind zoos as there is a conservational aspect to their work; but I do have an intense dislike of the exploitation of animals by the commercially driven parks like this and the vile treatment of circus animals in general. Make no mistake, any dolphin unfortunate enough to end up here becomes just that, a circus animal.
Shame on you Lanzarote, and shame on you Rancho Texas. Should this ‘venture’ come to fruition we hope it fails. We’re pretty confident that few, if any, residents will visit, but would ask if you are a tourist visiting the island that you please BOYCOTT RANCHO TEXAS, starting now!
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A Facebook page has been set up to specifically campaign against the Dolphinarium in Lanzarote – Click here to keep up with developments and show your support. You don’t need to be in Lanzarote, you don’t even need to be in Spain to lend your support – you just need to be an animal lover, even a page like this sends out a message.