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Animal rights group hits out against Dubai aquarium nightclub

PETA urges “kind” clubbers to go elsewhere

Animal rights group hits out against Dubai aquarium nightclub

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised a new underwater nightclub at the Atlantis hotel in Dubai, claiming it is likely to harm the 65,000-plus species housed in the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

“Loud parties and captive animals are a bad mix,” the animal rights organisation told Arabian Business.

Deep Under is a monthly clubbing concept that launched at Atlantis the Palm on October 22.

For one night each month, the Lost Chambers Aquarium that sits underneath the hotel will be transformed into a 450-capacity night club with bar, DJ booth and dancefloor.

Clubbers can surround themselves with over 65,000 aquatic species including stingrays, sharks, baby alligators and other marine life.

However, PETA has hit out at the concept - which it claims is cruel to animals - and urged “kind club goers” to go elsewhere for their evening entertainment.

In a statement to Arabian Business, a PETA spokesperson said: “Facilities such as this one are likely to have a detrimental impact on the animals housed there.

“Loud parties and captive animals are a bad mix. Animals can become extremely agitated during these events, even attacking one another out of frustration.

“Experts have stated that anthropogenic noise at high levels can affect animal behaviour, mask important natural sounds on which they depend, alter their physiological function and physically injure them.

“Kind club goers will go elsewhere – there’s nothing fun or entertaining about watching distressed animals circle tanks that are fractions of the sizes of the habitats they’d live in naturally.”

Atlantis Hotel declined to comment on the criticism, or to provide information on what measures it had taken to minimise potential disruption to the animals from the noise and vibrations from the dance music.

Click here to see more images of the new nightclub

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Mary Finelli 4 years ago

This is plainly animal abuse and that is very uncool. Please don't party where animals are made to suffer! There's plenty of other places to have fun.