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Call to stop use of captive dolphins at Sochi Olympics

Bottlenose dolphins, like the two pictured above, are due to be used in a display at Sochi next week. Credit: DPA

Animal welfare groups are calling on the International Olympic Committee to stop the planned use of captive dolphins at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games next month.

Endangered Black Sea bottlenose dolphins are due to be used in a display during the Olympic Torch relay in Russia, the Born Free Foundation said.

“Keeping whales and dolphins in captive conditions, where their biological and behavioural needs are compromised, is extremely detrimental to their long-term survival," said Born Free spokesman Daniel Turner.

"The IOC must give full consideration to the welfare of animals in this Olympic Games.”