Lawmakers Approve Reforms to Ban Captivity of Marine Life in Mexico
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April 29, 2017

50 Years of Marine Mammal Captivity in 4 Minutes (TakePart)

After two failed attempts, representatives of the political parties PVEM, PRI, Encuentro Social and Nueva Alianza endorsed the reform of Article 60 of the General Wildlife Law on marine mammals with 242 votes in favor and 190 against it.

Without debate or abandonment of the meeting room by deputies of Morena, PAN, PRD, and of the Citizen Movement, as happened at the sessions of April 6 and 20, the plenary approved the reform to prohibit the use of marine mammals of any species, such as whales, dolphins and manatees, in fixed or itinerant shows.

Conservation-oriented research, carried out by higher education institutions and in accordance with applicable regulations are exempt from the new reforms.

The approved reform states that the owners of marine mammals in captivity will have a period of 30 calendar days to complete an inventory, which must be delivered to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

...Reproduction in captivity of marine mammal species is prohibited, with the exception of that carried out for the recovery, reintroduction and repopulation of species considered as endangered.

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