Cancun, Q.R. — Officials say that although Mexico City has voted to ban the use of dolphins in shows, there is no similar topic discussion set for the state of Quintana Roo.
Head of Quintana Roo Ecology and Environment Alfredo Arellano said that banning dolphinariums in the state is not a subject that will be discussed any time in the near future, but did acknowledge that “there is a history to initiate a serious analysis.”
The state official commented that given the importance of tourism in Quintana Roo, dolphinariums are places that generate an important economic spill.
“While dolphinariums can be criticized in an ethical sense for having captive animals, we must also recognize that there is an important work in terms of environmental education. Through the ability of the dolphinariums themselves, there are pros and cons, but if a serious analysis is to be made, they are beneficial because they also represents an important economic spill for the state.”
He noted that this is a topic for a political party and that these types of subjects are discussed in congress, so for this purpose, it is important to respect the legislative laws.
Alfredo Arellano says that while he was in favor of promoting the law to close state dolphinariums, political opposition parties from the Chamber of Deputies won the vote to keep them.
A dolphinarium is an aquarium for dolphins. The dolphins are usually kept in a large pool, though occasionally they may be kept in pens in the open sea, either for research or for public performances.