From Iceland — Reykjavík Animal & Family Park Seal Pool To Be Expanded 2021

Reykjavík Animal & Family Park Seal Pool To Be Expanded 2021

Published December 2, 2020

Photo by
The Environment Agency of Iceland

The seal pool in the Reykjavík Animal and Family Park (Húsdýragarðurinn) will be expanded next year.

The city representative of the Pirate Party, Dóra Björt Guðjónsdóttir, spoke to Vísir about the expansion project, which is estimated to cost ISK 100 million.

The primary goal of the expansion is to ensure a more humane living space for the seals. The pool will be enlarged to bring the living conditions in line with the international standards set by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Dóra Björt told Vísir that though she would not choose to keep animals in captivity, the law prevents the release of the seals.

Until such a time that this legislation changes, the new expansion will aim to ensure that the seals at Húsdýragarðurinn will be well cared for in accordance with animal welfare guidelines.

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