Wednesday, 22. May 2013 - 09:05
11. 11. 11. - 16:00
Wildlife experts have accused a marine park of killing a dolphin after allowing a deafening rave party to be held in the attraction just a few yards from the mammal's pool.
Shadow - an eight year old dolphin - was found dead after appearing disoriented and distressed following the huge techno dance party.
Campaigners had warned licensing authorities in Lipperswil, Switzerland, that the Connyland aquarium's dolphins could be severely affected by the stress of being so close to the event.
However the Veterinary Office from canton Thurgau saw no reason to ban the party, arguing that the facility where it would take place was built in such a way that the noise from outside would not disturb the dolphins.
The campaigners claim the hardcore techno party which lasted two days is thought to have affected the dolphins immune system – which in turn lead to the death of Shadow.
Animal activists from Germany and Switzerland were at the site on the night of the rave and protested against what they saw was cruelty towards the animals.
Animal activists from the German organizations ProWal and The Whale and Dolphin Protection Society recorded the sound and found the vibrations from the noise could be felt outside of the park – so without a doubt would have been heard by the dolphins.
Andreas Morlok from Prowal said: "We recorded noise levels of over 100 decibels outside of the park and away from the party area. We know the party took place close to the dolphin enclosure.
"The sound levels which would have been heard by the dolphins is comparable with that of a pneumatic drill on top volume. Before the event we warned of these noise levels and the damage which could be done and called for the event to be called off"
A few days after the event Shadow became very agitated. The trainer tried to calm Shadow down, but just minutes later Shadow stopped breathing and then his heart stopped beating.
OceanCare pressure group president Sigrid Luber said:"It is unacceptable for the well-being of animals to be sacrificed in favour of profits with the blessing of the authorities.
"This is the seventh dolphin to die in this amusement park in only three years. It is completely unacceptable."
Jürgen Ortmüller from the Whale and Dolphin Protection Society claimed: "We have reasonable evidence to suggest that the extreme noise levels from the two day techno party severely affected the immune system of the dolphins. Dolphins are very sensitive creatures. We warned against a techno party taking place in this location for these very reasons."
Connyland - which denies any wrong doing - has asked for an autopsy on the dolphin to establish the cause of death.
Vet Paul has confirmed it will take three to four weeks for the results of the autopsy.
Connyland's vet said: "I was there and the noise would not have affected the animals. You could hardly hear anything. Connyland takes the care of its animals very seriously and they are looked after very well."
Meanwhile animal protection activists are calling fr a general ban on importing dolphins into Switzerland.
Ortmüller said: "We are taking action. We are getting politicians on board. We have to stop the ignorance on what is going on here. Only if people take notice will we be able to stop the dolphins dying. We are pushing for an import ban on dolphins into Switzerland."
Seven dolphins including three babies have died in Connyland in the last three years. Many of the causes of death are still unexplained.
Online music shop Cedeterija launched
Croatia has got an online music shop with 500,000 tracks offered.
Pirates attack Croatian ship Segesta on Danube in Serbia
Croatian ship Segesta owned by Dunavski Lloyd was attacked by pirates on the river Danube in Serbia.
Rainy week to follow in most parts of Croatia
Rain is predicted for the upcoming days in Croatia, putting temperatures to 15 degrees Celsius at coastal areas and 12 degrees Celsius in inland regions.
Croatian Baroque Ensemble delights crowd in Melk
Croatian Baroque Ensemble (Hrvatski barokni ansambl) had a successful appearance at the international baroque festival in Melk, Austria.
Footballer Vedran Corluka acts as model for Galileo
Croatian national football team defender Vedran Corluka of Lokomotiv Moscow has taken part in a campaign of the fashion label Galileo.
Croatian cities to get 30 million Euro from EU
Croatian cities will receive 30 million Euro per year from the European Union for a project called "sustainable city", an expert for energetic efficiency Ana Pavicic Kaselj has told to business daily Poslovni Dnevnik.
Serbian tycoon wants to invest in Croatian hotels
Serbian tycoon Miodrag Kostic has revealed his intention to invest in Croatian hotels.
Gibonni to perform in Viennas Chaya Fuera
Croatian singer and songwriter Gibonni will peform in Vienna on 20 June.
Lightning kills a man in Veliko Vukovje
A lightning strike has killed a man in Croatia who went to hide from rain under an oak tree.
Croat accused for insurance fraud in Germany
A Croat is in court in Wandsbek, Germany accused of insurance fraud.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Croat does not sleep for 13 years|
|Croatian companies consider to move their production towards east|
|Sweden opens labour market to Croats|
|Occupy Croatia collects used mobile phones for Government|
|Eliademy spreads to Croatia from next week|