(l-r) Dr. Christopher Dold, Thomas Kaferle – Miral Group, Rob Yordi – SeaWorld, Julien Kauffmann – Miral Group, and Robin Ganzert [Photo by American Humane]
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and its rescue site, Yas SeaWorld Research & Rescue, are the first facilities to receive certification for their animal care from Global Humane, the international brand of American Humane.
All domestic SeaWorld parks are certified by American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare.
For more than a hundred years, American Humane (with offices in Palm Beach and Washington) has promoted the welfare and safety of animals and strengthened the bond between animals and people. The organization is behind such animal welfare initiatives as “No Animals Were Harmed” in Hollywood.
“We are thrilled that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and Yas SeaWorld Research & Rescue have joined their U.S. counterparts in meeting the standards to become Global Humane certified,” says Robin Ganzert, the president and CEO of American Humane. “This is SeaWorld’s first location abroad and provides Global Humane with the opportunity to recognize the extensive reach of the animal welfare movement at zoos, aquariums and conservation parks around the world.”
To receive certification, the facilities in the United Arab Emirates passed a rigorous assessment of the well-being of their animals. The process is guided by science and informed by veterinarians and experts in the fields of animal welfare, animal science, zoology and ethics.
Factors considered during an independent audit of park operations include housing, food, water, lighting, shade, sound, activity levels and staff training.
American Humane’s “rigorous standards ensure that animals live healthy and safe lives in human care,” says Chris Dold, the chief zoological officer of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. “We share American Humane’s passion and commitment to the well-being of animals, as validated by meeting and exceeding their certification standards in all our U.S. parks. We are proud to now receive Global Humane certification for the first SeaWorld outside of the U.S.”
Julien Kauffman, the CEO of park developer Miral Experiences, says the Global Humane certification shows the company’s commitment to providing the best care to animals while educating SeaWorld visitors. “Our partnership with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and our certification by Global Humane reinforces our dedication to raising the standard for animal welfare in the region.”