Silver Spring, MD – On August 1, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, Mexico, voted to ban exhibitions featuring marine mammals. This decision prohibits the public and private use of marine mammals for training, management, entertainment, and therapy. In response, Kris Vehrs, Principal Executive Vice President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement:
“AZA is disappointed to learn of Mexico City’s decision to ban marine mammal exhibitions. While Mexico City’s decision does not immediately impact any AZA-accredited members, banning zoos and aquariums from exhibiting marine mammals is contradictory to furthering research and conservation efforts. Up-close encounters with marine mammals help to educate and inspire people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about these animals.”
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
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