STOP dolphin captivity in Egypt

Since the 17th of August 2010, HEPCA has been spearheading a massive campaign against planned dolphinariums in Hurgada. The campaign began when four bottlenose dolphins being held in captivity were first reported to us by our members. The animals are from Japan, most likely caught at sea in the infamously cruel drive hunts (, and are proposed for transfer to the Sharm El Sheik dolphinarium (Dolphina Park) as soon as the required quarantine (105 days) is over. We have also discovered that 4 more dolphins are expected to be imported from Japan and assigned to a brand new dolphinarium in Makadi Bay, Hurghada.

By signing this petition, you can help us put a stop to this cruel practice.

There are serious conservation and welfare concerns associated with the capture of dolphins in drive hunts and other live capture operations and their export overseas for display in dolphinaria. These dolphins should never have come to Egypt. Due to a serious lack of regulations, these animals are now doomed to live a life of imprisonment.

Furthermore, the Red Sea Governorate, after being informed about the four dolphins, officially defined its position against holding dolphins in captivity within the borders of  its jurisdiction.

Your immediate action is needed. Please sign the petition to tell the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and  the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs  that you firmly object to dolphin captivity.



Dear decision makers,

We, the undersigned, are hereby proclaiming our disapproval of keeping dolphins in captivity within the borders of Egypt.  The existence of dolphinaria is detrimental to the welfare of dolphins and causes harm and death to them through capture, transportation, and confinement in captivity. This is true for both wild-captured and captive-born animals.

Our request is based on scientific and factual evidence that keeping dolphins in captivity only benefits humans who profit from them, but has no conservation, educational or scientific value whatsoever.

Governments need to be firmer in their response to these important threats to these animals and prevent dolphinaria from establishing, while also helping to educate the public, many of whom flock to dolphinaria to watch the dolphins cavorting, blissfully unaware of the suffering and death toll that such shows entail.

We hereby respectfully petition you to:

  • PREVENT the opening of a new dolphinarium in Makadi Bay (south of Hurghada) which is supposed to open its gates soon.
  • DO NOT grant any further permits for the establishment of dolphinaria in the Red Sea Governorate
  • PASS required legislation to prohibit commercial captive display of dolphins and other marine mammals in Egypt, as another Party to ACCOBAMS, Croatia, has done.

We will lobby vigorously, for the passing of new laws to make Egypt and especially the Red Sea Governorate free from this heartbreaking, inhumane business.

  • PREVENT the opening of a new dolphinarium in Makadi Bay (sout... more
STOP dolphin captivity in Egypt

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People Signed: 9060
Targeted Signatures: 10000

People Signed the Petition:

#8563- 00:00, Nov 12, Thea Wessels, Netherlands
#8562- 00:00, Nov 12, Uta Heimann, Germany
#8561- 00:00, Nov 12, buisson Nicolas, France
#8560- 00:00, Nov 12, Marvin Jaffrأ©zic, France
#8559- 00:00, Nov 12, Oliver Beck, Germany
#8558- 00:00, Nov 12, Alexander Haf, Germany
#8557- 00:00, Nov 12, John Mark Robertson, Canada
This is shameful. Since Egypt has standards governing these types of facilities, enforce the rules!
#8556- 00:00, Nov 12, Niclas Crane, Germany
THis is irresponsible and just cruel! Those animals are more equal to us than you think!!
#8555- 00:00, Nov 12, Tobias Ekstrأ¶m, Sweden
#8554- 00:00, Nov 12, Josephia Liem, Indonesia
#8553- 00:00, Nov 11, Evelyn Bernard, Italy
#8552- 00:00, Nov 11, Hana Jo Gilmour, United Kingdom
#8551- 00:00, Nov 11, Therese Albertsson, Sweden
#8550- 00:00, Nov 11, Jana Nimz, Germany
#8549- 00:00, Nov 11, Jackie Kimberley, United Kingdom
It is inherently cruel to keep dolphins in captivity. These beautiful creatures are entitled to their freedom - act now to provide them with the veterinary treatment they need and hopefully they can return to the wild once they have fully recovered. Please enforce the legislation and stop this cruelty from continuing..
#8548- 00:00, Nov 11, Maria Morneo, United States
#8547- 00:00, Nov 11, Annie Elias, United Kingdom
#8546- 00:00, Nov 11, yvonne ward, United Kingdom
#8545- 00:00, Nov 11, Cindy Wines, United States
#8544- 00:00, Nov 11, elisa omarini, Italy
#8543- 00:00, Nov 11, elena inserra, Italy
#8542- 00:00, Nov 11, Carolyn Hawkins, United States
#8541- 00:00, Nov 11, Alyson Cozzolina, United States
#8540- 00:00, Nov 11, jan schrأ¶der, Germany
dolphins are animals of the free wild ocean and not fpor anything else!!!!!
#8539- 00:00, Nov 11, frida larson, Sweden
#8538- 00:00, Nov 11, Mira Jarl, Sweden
#8537- 00:00, Nov 11, Laura Malaguti, France
This is outrageous! I volunteered for Tethys Institute last summer for the protection of these beautiful and intelligent creatures in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. I was lucky to see wild dolphins there and witness how they interact, their social behaviour is simply beautiful. Putting them in enclosed environments such as dolphinariums and attraction parks is the worst possible thing you could do to them... the pain and stress is unimaginable. PLEASE put an end to this!!
#8536- 00:00, Nov 11, Elizabeth O'Halloran, United Kingdom
#8535- 00:00, Nov 11, Kristina Cook, Australia
#8534- 00:00, Nov 10, Hussein Shaaban, Egypt
#8533- 00:00, Nov 10, Emma Howe-Andrews, United Kingdom
Please ensure the welfare of these animals is priority and return them to the wild now! The drive hunts within Japan are beyond horrific and these animals should never have been caught to begin with. If these animals cannot be returned to the wild, then enforce the legislation that there is in Egypt to ensure these animals receive the appropriate treatment and care. Thank you.
#8532- 00:00, Nov 10, Laura Apley, United States
#8531- 00:00, Nov 10, David Neiberger, United States
#8530- 00:00, Nov 10, Robert Badcock, United Kingdom
#8529- 00:00, Nov 10, Jordan Harner, United States
#8528- 00:00, Nov 10, Pamela Wedemeyer, United States
#8527- 00:00, Nov 10, Carrie Crady, United States
#8526- 00:00, Nov 10, marilene kerstman, United States
Please , let' not forget who we are (humans).
#8525- 00:00, Nov 10, Justine Delroy, United Kingdom
This is absolutely shocking. Coastal Egypt's economy depends on diving and snorkelling tourism. Divers are appalled by these stories of dolphin capitivity in Egypt. I will be avoiding Egypt as a holiday destination until there are signs that this issue is being taken seriously. I'm sure other divers will feel the same way.
#8524- 00:00, Nov 10, Carol Crompton, Spain
#8523- 00:00, Nov 10, Buffy F., Germany
#8522- 00:00, Nov 10, Victoria Barclay, United Kingdom
#8521- 00:00, Nov 10, Alexandra Gaus, Germany
#8520- 00:00, Nov 09, Max McDonald, United States
Not only is the captivity of dolphins (especially in the kind of tank shown) exceedingly cruel to arguably the most intelligent and sympathetic animals in the ocean, its downright unethical, as well as traumatic to the dolphins.
#8519- 00:00, Nov 09, Teagan S, Australia
#8518- 00:00, Nov 09, Tina Bjأ¶rklund, Sweden
#8517- 00:00, Nov 09, Andrej Manheim, Germany
I can't understand why the Egypt government tolerates such cruelties. Dolphins are such wonderful animals.When does the Egypt government wake up? The Egypt treasure is not only the pyramides but also and especially the reefs, the variety of fishes and the dolfins in the red sea. Don't permit such substandard living conditions. And remember: The state of development of a contry can be seen how it treats its weakest members - and theese are the animals.
#8516- 00:00, Nov 09, Leiah Sariell, Finland
#8515- 00:00, Nov 09, Gisela Scharnagl, Germany
The Dolfin-Pool is not good for the Animals
#8514- 00:00, Nov 09, Irene Baer, Egypt
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