CAPTIVITY: The RSPCA joined animal rights groups to campaign against dolphin captivity.
CAPTIVITY: The RSPCA joined animal rights groups to campaign against dolphin captivity. Trevor Veale

Marine captivity debate reignites

A MISLEADING announcement by animal rights group Australia For Dolphins about the Japanese court case involving a rare albino dolphin has added fuel to the fire regarding the captivity of marine animals.

Many of the groups supporters have slammed the AFD's CEO, Sarah Lucus, who told supporters the organisation had won a crucial victory to free Angel from a Japanese aquarium but needed further funds.

Ms Lucas has been accused on social media of using Angel's name to solicit funds for a separate discrimination case two years ago.

Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry condemned the AFD's call to ask for donations for Angel, who isn't legally owned by the animal rights group.

"Without possession, it would be unethical to raise money for Angel, or any other dolphin for that matter," Mr O'Barry said.

Meanwhile, the RSPCA this week joined animal welfare groups in calling for an end to dolphin captivity.

The Australian peak animal welfare organisation released a new statement on Thursday encouraging people to stop visiting marine parks.



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