The Georgia Aquarium is defending its decision to hire an executive recently accused of animal abuse.
José Luis Barbero, a trainer who was recently shown in a video allegedly mistreating dolphins at a marine park in Mallorca, Spain, will be a senior vice president at the Atlanta aquarium.
In a statement emailed to The Dodo, Mike Leven, chairman and CEO of Georgia Aquarium, said that the facility has a "zero tolerance policy against the mistreatment of any of our animals" and that the footage was not taken at a facility belonging to the Georgia Aquarium.
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Barbero, who had worked at Marineland Mallorca since the 1980s, left his post there Friday after announcing his move to the Georgia Aquarium. On Tuesday, the animal advocacy group SOSdelfines posted a video of Barbero allegedly hitting, kicking, jumping on and screaming expletives at the Spanish park's dolphins.