The decision to host the shows has drawn criticism both in and outside of Pakistan, seen by many as a move counter to international trends away from keeping these animals in captivity.
"There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding," read a statement from the WWF.
Biologist Mauvis Gore tells Pakistan's Dawn.com that the shows will spread disinformation about the state of the species in the wild.
"Pakistan is being introduced to their key marine wildlife in a way that could take generations to re-educate," she says, "giving them the impression that these animals are there to perform for the public and at their whim."
Last year, neighboring India joined a growing number of nations, including Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile to ban captive dolphin shows -- going as far as to declare dolphins "non-human persons." In the United States, marine parks