Re-examination court upholds seizure of Rimini dolphins
Transferred to Genoa aquarium due to suspected maltreatment30 September, 17:47
The mother dolphin and her three offspring were transferred to Genoa aquarium earlier this month after government investigators found the aquarium mistreated the animals in a July 31 inspection that resulted in an 18,000 euro fine.
The investigators wrote that the 45-year-old attraction did not provide an adequately large tank, nor a second tank for veterinary treatment.
The structure also offered inadequate shelter from the sun or the public eye, poor water cooling and cleaning systems, and a tank poorly shaped for the physical and psychological health of the animals, according to a press report.
The Rimini Dolphinarium, founded in 1968, has been forced to close its doors. Its owner and veterinarian are under investigation.
The Italian animal rights groups Enpa, LAV and Marevivo made a joint statement Monday in which they expressed ''great satisfaction for this important pronouncement from the Rimini Courthouse''.