|Photo by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme|
Not many people are aware that since the demise via regulation of dolphinaria in the UK there is no available facilities that are able (or more disturbingly willing) to try and rehabilitate stranded cetaceans on the British coast. Of course, many of these animals may well be too large for any sustained and dedicated rehabilitation process but certainly smaller cetaceans such as the harbour porpoise and smaller dolphins this prospect is viable.
Certainly, in other European countries such as the Netherlands rehabilitation facilities such as SOS Dolphin (SOS Dolfijn) rescue many small cetaceans (primarily harbour porpoises) and rehabilitate them with the majority of animals deemed fit to be released back to the wild environment.
The situation in the UK is very different. Stranded whales and dolphins are assessed and if they cannot be refloated and swim off back into the wild within a prescribed period hours the animals are then killed.
Of course the groups may argue that killing (euthanizing) an animal that is suffering is an appropriate and ethical thing to do. Rouster does not disagree with this position however many of these animals are not given a chance at dedicated rehabilitation. Moreover, arguments that there are no facilities for the long-term care of harbour porpoises in the UK may be correct but there certainly existed least two facilities (Harderwijk and Texel) in the Netherlands that could accommodate a small number of animals that might be deemed unreleasable.
Therefore, Rouster's advice to any sick or disabled small whale or dolphin is that if you are going to strand in need help you are better off doing this in Germany or the Netherlands not the UK. Here you will be killed on the beach if you are too ill to swim away when you are pushed back to sea.
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