Cirque du Liban’s latest show, “Beirut Dolphinarium” has come under fire from animal activists ahead of the August 9 start. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Cirque du Liban's latest show, "Beirut Dolphinarium," has come under fire from animal rights activists, with three of its participating organizations pulling out just days before its premiere show, set to take place on Aug. 9 . Originally the show was to be hosted in collaboration with the Lebanese Autism Society, the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon and the LBC TV network. However, the many concerns about the unethical nature of using dolphins for entertainment purposes has led the partners to withdraw their participation.While animal therapy is still a new method and there may be studies showing a positive correlation with long-term, regular exposure when interacting with animals in a healthy environment, Animals Lebanon believes this dolphin show could not achieve such results.Part of the issue is that under Lebanese law there is currently nothing to specifically prohibit the use of animals in entertainment shows, only legislation against the abuse and maltreatment of animals in a general sense.Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian, who met Monday with Animals Lebanon to discuss the show, declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Star.
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