Oman will close its dolphin club after losing the rights to allow people to see dolphins, a dolphin conservation group said Thursday.
The government-backed Dolphin Conservation Authority said Thursday that it had been unable to renew its dolphin permit, which was due to expire in April.
Omanis, for the most part, have no idea how dolphins are kept captive and what they’re put through to keep them alive, according to the Oman Dolphin Conservation Foundation.
The government is considering whether to allow visitors to see the dolphins and the company that owns the club will be fined for not abiding by the dolphin permit.
Oman’s dolphin population has plummeted due to overfishing, the group said.
Oman is not among the world’s top 10 nations for the number of dolphins, with just 1,300, according the World Wildlife Fund.
The U.S. has the second-largest population.
According to the Animal Welfare Institute, Oman is one of the worst offenders when it comes to animal welfare.
Oman has not only failed to meet its international obligations for dolphin conservation, but has also been accused of illegally using dolphins for entertainment and profit.