An Australian state has banned dolphin shows with a new law that no longer allows captive dolphins to be bred or imported...

Now, more people than ever before are protesting against the captivity of marine animals.

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Since the 1960s, whales and dolphins have been captured from the wild and forced into small tanks for our own amusement.

They are often forced to perform in front of large audiences...

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And, over the years, their tricks and performances have made millions for the companies keeping them in their confinement.

But, despite their entertainment value...

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There's something undeniably quite distressing about seeing such intelligent and majestic creatures forced into chlorine tanks for the sole purpose to entertain and make money for humans. It's just wrong.

But, in 2013, people's attitudes on the matter were to change forever.

Netflix released the documentary, Blackfish, which analyzed the events leading up to the death of Sea World trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by their largest orca, Tilikum.

The documentary delved into the process of capturing young orcas from the wild...

And thus showed the disgraceful treatment of all marine mammals once they are in captivity - this includes brutal training techniques, the forced separation of mothers from their calves, and even showed how staff lock up their animals in tiny, blacked-out boxes every single night.

It was a truly shocking watch.

And, shortly after the documentary's release, people instantly turned against Sea World, with even more calling to boycott the company.

Ever since, the protests against the captivity of marine mammals have been growing.

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More and more people are turning against the company who, despite 4 people having died at the hands of the distressed marine mammals, continue to train and perform their orcas and dolphins for profit.

Some progress has been made, however.

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Canada previously victoriously imposed a full ban on the captivity of any whales or dolphins in the "Free Willy Bill," which also prevents any captive breeding of the mammals.

And now, a state in Australia is following their lead.

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New South Wales has passed a law putting an end to dolphin shows and the breeding and importing of dolphins, whales, and porpoises for entertainment.

A move that has been praised online...

The regulations, introduced by minister Matt Kean to the Biodiversity Conservation Act, bans dolphin breeding and importing to the state.

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A move that came after an inquiry was launched into dolphin parks and following an overwhelming amount of support from campaigners and activists who shared and signed petitions.

Emma Hurst, an MP for the Animal Justice Party in NSW took to Facebook to share the good news.

"BREAKING: NSW TO END THE USE OF DOLPHINS FOR ENTERTAINMENT. New regulations will effectively stop any future dolphin 'abuse-ment' park from setting up in NSW and end the breeding of dolphins, whales and porpoises for entertainment," she wrote.

"WE DID IT! No more dolphins will be born into an industry with backyard pools, or be forced to do circus-style tricks. With these regulations introduced by Minister Matt Kean MP, the abuse of dolphins in so-called entertainment is coming to an end in NSW ."

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"These changes were urgently needed to ensure no more animals are born into this collapsing industry. A dolphin born today could live for up to 50 years, meaning they could still be in a dolphinarium in 2070."

"The writing is on the wall – these animals were not born to perform. They do not exist for our entertainment."

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"They deserve a life worth living, and NSW has recognised this with these new regulations."

Within NSW there is 1 remaining dolphin park, the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park (DMCP), which homes dolphins, Zippy, Bella, and Jet.

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DMCP's general manager, Terry Goodall, announced in 2019 that it would no longer breed dolphins and would instead focus on conservation.

The inquiry called for the government to support the park in releasing the 3 remaining dolphins into a sea sanctuary.

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Something they are said to be working towards.

Speaking to Yahoo News, Goodall said: "I'm quite happy with the intent of the legislation."

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"It's clearly aimed at us, and we have three dolphins that we can't release that we're looking after until they die."

As per Daily Mail Australia, he also said: "As there are no other wildlife sanctuaries in NSW caring for dolphins or Cetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the likelihood of any being established rare to impossible, then from a NSW perspective, this ruling is unnecessary and certainly brings into question the level of taxpayer expenditure on an inquiry of this nature."

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"While these amendments will not affect us it should be noted that we do and always have supported the notion that reproduction is a natural process which can enrich the lives of dolphins and helps contribute to the positive welfare of not only the mother and calf, but the whole pod."

Sea World in Queensland is now the only dolphin park in the country that continues to breed dolphins in captivity.

Although, hopefully not for much longer as Hurst has now turned her attention to focus on getting similar regulations passed in Queensland.

It's a step in the right direction.

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