A DOLPHIN trainer called Jose Luis Barbero, accused of mistreating the animals at the Marineland Park in Mallorca, was found dead in his car last Saturday (March 7).
As Euro Weekly News reported back in February, a video allegedly showing trainers -including Barbero – was leaked by SOSdolphins, a group of organisations created to expose the suffering and mistreatment of captive sea mammals.
In the video, trainers are seen apparently punching and kicking the animals as well as screaming offensive phrases.
However, Marineland responded with a statement declaring that the video appeared to have been edited together from different clips and did not show the reality of training sessions.
The 59-year-old trainer went missing on March 3 in Calvia. His family alerted the police as he was supposed to attend a meeting in El Toro, but didn’t turn up.
The man was found by Guardia Civil officers inside his vehicle in the car park at Son Sant Joan airport at around 12pm after four days of intensive searches.
Marineland has released a new statement offering their most sincere condolences to the trainer’s family and claiming that the man was the “victim of a major campaign against his honour” as well as praising the man’s “great professionalism”.