TIR supports referendum against the construction of the Ozeanium in Basel
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the cantonal parliament of Basel-Stadt voted on the construction of the Ozeanium – a large public aquarium as part of the Basel Zoo intended to contain a range of aquatic animal species, its construction planned for 2024 – and granted its approval for the project. From an animal welfare as well as a species and nature conservation point of view, the decision is unacceptable. That is why a referendum will now be held with the support of the Fondation Franz Weber and four other organizations, including the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR). The citizens of Basel will have the final say.
October 22, 2018
An aquarium the size of the Ozeanium planned by the Basel Zoo is extremely problematic both in terms of animal welfare law as well as species conservation law and environmental protection. Only 1 to 10% of the animals and plants kept in saltwater aquariums can be bred in captivity. Less than 1% of the animals used this way are actually bred because capturing them in the wild is still cheaper and easier. Moreover, the animals are caught, transported and treated using exceedingly questionable methods. On average, 4 out of 5 fish die before they arrive at their destined aquarium because of inhumane catching methods and poor transport conditions.
Today, more than 60% of the world's coral reefs are in immediate danger, with demand for aquarium fish playing a major role. Since almost none of the species concerned are protected, no internationally binding regulations and registration requirements are in place, and inspections provided for by the exporting countries are virtually non-existent, there is no transparency regarding the number and type of organisms captured. This makes it impossible to sustainably catch saltwater aquarium fish.
TIR urges the citizens of Basel to sign the referendum and take a stand against this unnecessary, inhumane, and ecologically harmful project. The referendum was launched on October 24, 2018.
Further information under www.nozeanium.org and in the German version of this news release.