A top French theme park may have been hoping that they could quietly euthanise one of their dolphins instead of giving it the chance of freedom, but they had reckoned without the campaigning work of a rapidly expanding French NGO.

One Voice, which founder Muriel Arnal created based on practices she saw when she was living in the USA, was the first in line to reveal what was going on after already doing campaigning work to end the practice of using sea mammals in aquariums for entertainment.

Parc Asterix, the theme park in France where dolphin Femke was located, had claimed she was too sick to travel but that was challenged by the campaigning NGO, who said managers only did what was “convenient” for them in terms of “publicity”.

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Femke, the dolphin who was euthanized. (One Voice/Real Press)