Cyrus explicitly prohibits captive cetaceans - 1 of only 2 EU Member states to do so Bringing the count to 6:6
Cyprus is one of the twelve EU Member States without dolphins in captivity and one of the two Member States explicitly prohibiting their display. Cyprus used to have a dolphinarium, the Ayia Napa Marine Park, located in the main tourist resort. In 1994 the Ayia Napa Marine Park imported four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins and two sealions supplied from the Russian Academy of Science. The following year the park applied for four more Black Sea bottlenose dolphins but was denied. Subsequently, in 1997 a Ministerial decree was passed prohibiting cetacean shows and the use of cetaceans for commercial purposes in Cyprus. Finally, after the decree came into force in 1999, the Ayia Napa Marine Park closed its doors forever. Unfortunately the closure of the marine park came too late for the four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins who all met their deaths by 1998, four years after being ...