The Environment and Natural Resources Secretary of Mexico announced on Monday that travelling circuses and other entities are as of now prohibited from having marine mammals on their shows.

The amendment published on the Official Journal of the Federation was added to Article 60 bis of the Wildlife General Law and states that “the use of specimens of marine mammals in travelling shows is forbidden.”

The new law also states that no specimen of marine mammal, whatever the species, may be extracted either for subsistence or for commercial reasons, with the exception of scientific research and higher education purposes.

According to local media, there’s over 300 dolphins being used for entertainment in the country, over half of them in the Quintana Roo delphinariums.

Mexico has also banned animals in circuses this month, however this law will come into effect in July.

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