The construction of a dolphinarium in the Thai resort of Phuket Friday sparked outrage from animal rights groups, who say the development is unneeded and harms animals.
Tourist Victoria Maltseva from Siberia leans forward to touch cheeks with an Irrawaddy dolphin, a critically endangered species, at Pattaya Dolphin World. The dolphin trainer seen behind her is giving the command for the dolphin to rise out of the water during a swim-with-dolphins session. A new dolphinarium planned in Phuket has sparked outrage from animal rights groups Friday. (EPA photo)
"We're basically taking these animals from the wild to die in a show for our entertainment," said Nancy Gibson, head of the Love Wildlife Foundation
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