Dolphin Quest Earns Humane Certification

January 18, 2017

American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, has granted Dolphin Quest its Humane Certified seal after it passed a rigorous third-party audit.

Dolphin Quest, with locations in Oahu, Hawaii, and Bermuda, joins a group of fewer than a dozen institutions worldwide to earn the program’s seal.

A spokesperson said, “The American Humane Conservation is the first certification program of its kind singularly dedicated to assuring the welfare and humane treatment of animals living in zoos and aquariums, and is based on comprehensive, evidence-based welfare standards, developed by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behavior, animal ethics, and conservation.

“The rigorous criteria exhaustively verify the many dimensions of animal welfare and well-being, with areas of assessment including excellent health and housing; positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and handlers; safe and stimulating environments, enriched with concern for factors such as appropriate lighting, sound levels, air and water quality; thermoregulation; and evidence of thorough preparation and protocols established to prevent and manage medical or operational emergencies.

“Adding to the program’s rigor, certification in the American Humane Conservation program is contingent upon the results of an independent, third-party audit.”

“We are excited and honored to have all three of our Dolphin Quest locations certified by American Humane,” says Dr. Rae Stone, Marine Mammal Veterinarian and Co-Founder of Dolphin Quest.

“No one loves dolphins more than we do, so this independent third-party review by the world’s most respected humane organization is an excellent affirmation by animal experts that our animals are humanely cared for and are thriving under Dolphin Quest’s care.”

“Dolphin Quest’s certification by the American Humane Conservation program signals the institution’s commitment to voluntarily meeting the highest standards of humane, verifiable, and transparent animal care,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane.

“We are proud to recognize this world-class institution with its prestigious Humane Certified™ seal of approval, demonstrating to the public Dolphin Quest’s leadership as a responsible, humane steward of the remarkable animals living in its care.”

For more information about the Human Conservation program, visit the website.

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  1. Truth says:

    The truly HUMANE thing to do would be to NOT keep them in captivity where they don’t belong.
    No-brainer right?

    How about BAMZ – did they not get this certification??

  2. Kathy says:

    The enclosure needs to be larger…everyone in Bermuda agrees on that…why can’t they extend the pen to the outside of the wall? Are they afraid they will get a taste of freedom?

    • sage says:

      Looks like they do have an area outside the inner pool, but even still, housing wild animals in ridiculously small enclosures to entertain us stupid humans is wrong and thankfully losing favor. I went through the BAMZ recently and it was depressing seeing the 100+yr old Galapagos tortoises with only a thin path of mud between manmade rocks in a small corner of the flamingo exhibit and the wallabys relegated to a netted area with only wet mud and no grass either. The fossa endlessly pacing back and forth along the netting, displaying classic behavior for imprisoned animals. Please retire the tortoises, who will “celebrate” being locked up for 90 years in 2018 and were first successfully bred in captivity here in 1936 to the 90′s, to the Government House property, or better yet re-patriate them to live their last days (years?) at home.