Dreamworld the third Queensland tourist attraction to be targeted by animal rights group
Police have been called to a Gold Coast theme park after more than a dozen animal rights activists stood outside to fight against animal captivation — the third popular tourist attraction to be targeted in two days.
- Justice for Captives group protested outside Dreamworld after halting shows at Sea World yesterday
- Six people have been arrested and charged with public nuisance
- The group said they were “making a stand” about the use of animals for entertainment
Several members of the “Justice for Captives” group can be seen in videos posted to social media on the roof of the Dreamworld front entrance wearing animal masks, while others are lined up in front of the gates holding signs.
Messages on the signs read “slaves for selfies” and “captivity is cruel” alongside pictures of tigers in cages.
Animal activists in the water at Sea World’s dolphin show on the Gold Coast. (Facebook: Justice For Captives)
In a series of posts to their Facebook page, the group said they were “making a stand” to raise awareness about the use of animals for profit under the guise of education and conservation.
“Dreamworld is a zoo disguised as a theme park and houses over 400 animals in very small and unnatural enclosures,” the post read.
“Whilst we respect the collection of donations for global wildlife conservation programs, Justice for Captives disagree that animals should be put on display and exploited for photo opportunities and tourism ‘experiences’ in the process.”
There were similar scenes yesterday at Sea World when the same group disrupted a seal performance and two dolphin shows.
The protests continued last night with members running into the arena during a performance of Australian Outback Spectacular, a show featuring horses.
Justice for Captives said they want Dreamworld to stop using tigers and native wildlife for tourists amusement and are calling for a longer-term plan to release and rehabilitate the animals.
Six people from the group were arrested and charged with public nuisance for the two disturbances.
Police said today’s protest was peaceful and had not disrupted the theme park’s operations.