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Peter Andre has explained why he's taking down a video of his daughter Princess swimming with dolphins, and edited the moment out of his recent holiday video.
Check out his statement below:
The reality star, 48, said he had treated his daughter Princess, 11, to a swimming with dolphins experience during their holiday to Portugal.
He had shared the moment he offered her the 'bucket list' present on his social media and YouTube page.
But since then, he told Instagram followers he had been contacted by PETA, who alerted him about just how cruel swimming with dolphins can be.
Explaining to fans that he had since learnt about the heartbreaking lives captive dolphins have to lead, the former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! star said that PETA had written to him because they knew he was an animal advocate.
"They go on to tell me about the treatment of animals in these enclosures, and reading through I've said right, that's it," he said.
"I'm going to take the video down, we're going to re-edit the video, we're going to put a brand new thumbnail up...
"So anyone can enjoy this video without having to see any dolphins in captivity. What you will see, however, is the dolphins swimming in the wild which is beautiful. So, we live and learn don't we."
As PETA explains on its website, captive dolphins and whales often live miserable lives, because they're used to having a vast ocean to roam.
Furthermore, dolphins often die far young in captivity due to the host of physical and psychological impacts they face in the cramped pools they call their homes.
Wild orcas and other dolphins live in large, complex social groups and swim vast distances every day in the open ocean," the organisation explains.
"In captivity, they can only swim in endless circles inside tanks that, to them, are the equivalent of bathtubs and they're denied the opportunity to engage in almost any natural behavior.
"They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and are often torn away from family members when they're shuffled between parks. Many die far short of their species' natural life expectancy."
Talking about swimming with dolphins in particular, PETA adds: "Touch tanks as well as "swim with dolphins" and "paint with dolphins" programs allow the public to pet, kiss, paint with, or even ride these animals.
"Such programs invade their already diminished worlds and are intrusive, stressful, and even dangerous for them, as well as being risky for human participants."
"Once we know better, we can do better," PETA wrote on social media as the charity thanked Peter for taking a stand.
"Thank you for your honesty and your openness to being educated about these facilities. We're so grateful to you for helping to spread the word."
We really respect Peter for listening and educating himself on animal welfare. We're sure his video is going to help so many other people to do the same.
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