People are demanding better treatment of animals in all areas of our lives. As we travel further afield, it becomes evident that the standards which we accept as normal in the UK are far from common in other countries. As a result, organisations such as Born Free Foundation and ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) receive a huge number of complaints and comments which has led a working party creating, The Global Welfare Guidelines for Animals in Tourism in 2013. There are 7 guides, one of which, Dolphins in Captive Environments specifically looks at dolphinaria.
The guidelines spell out the minimum standards that facilities should strive to meet for acceptable animal welfare. These minimum standards are based upon the Five Freedoms developed by FAWC (Farm Animal Welfare Council) in 1979 which was then further developed in the Welfare Quality © Criteria.