By governmental circular dated 17th May 2013,the Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided not to allow establishment of dolphinarium in India.
This is a courageous, remarkable and absolutely unprecedented decision.
The most interesting part of the circular is reproduced below;the Ministry recognizes that dolphins are highly intelligent and sensitive and SHOULD BE SEEN AS NON HUMAN PERSONS !
The Ministry also recognizes that cetaceans "in general" do not survive well in captivity.
F. No. 20-1/2010-CZA(M) DATE: 17.05.2013
Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as "non-human persons" and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,
Whereas , cetaceans in general do not survive well in captivity. Confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans by altering their behaviour and causing extreme distress.
Therefore, in view of the foregoing, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India have decided not to allow establishment of dolpinarium in the country.