Fortunately, Mexico City is joining a growing number of governments across the globe who are freeing cetaceans from tanks. Chile, Costa Rica and Croatia all have bans on keeping cetaceans in captivity — and animal advocates are hopeful the capital's move could lead to a nationwide ban in the future.
Until then, there's a chance the dolphins and sea lions at Six Flags Mexico could just be moved to another dolphinarium, where they'll continue to be forced into cruel shows. Luckily, plans are underway to create the world's first cetacean sanctuary, organized by a group of experts including several former SeaWorld trainers who have spoken out against the park, which would be the best happy ending for these captive dolphins.
"There is no doubt that the public's attitude has turned against keeping animals in captivity, and this ban recognizes that the needs of intelligent, sensitive, far-ranging dolphins simply can't be met in captivity," Catie Cryar, senior media liaison for PETA, told The Dodo. "[We] will continue to encourage other jurisdictions to adopt similar legislation, marking the beginning of the end for dolphin captivity."