Cancun, Q.R. — Live marine mammal shows will continue after a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies.
PAN member Maria García Pérez said that banning the reproduction of animals should be a scientific decision and not a political one, and that these opinions do not lead to any benefit of conservation and sustainable use of these animals, but instead would cause mortality.
This is the third time the Green Ecologist Party (PVEM) has tried to get a house approval to ban live marine mammal shows. In a heated session, PVEM received only 232 of the necessary 251 votes required for the session to move forward.
This latest ruling could mean dolphinariums around Mexico will be able to use captive mammals for entertainment until 2047.
Lawmakers in the state of Quintana Roo have been among the most vocal in their opposition to changing the law, since bans could lead to the end of an industry that generates hundreds of jobs.