Coleen and Wayne Rooney slammed by animal rights activists after family swam with dolphins in Dubai

Coleen and Wayne Rooney slammed by animal rights activists after family swam with dolphins in Dubai 2
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Coleen and Wayne Rooney have been slammed by outraged animal rights activists after the WAG shared snaps of her family swimming with dolphins during their recent Dubai holiday, where they stayed at a £7,000-per-night hotel.

The TV personality, 36, who recently returned from the luxury trip with her footballer husband, 36, and their sons Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, six, and Cass, four, filled her followers with envy on Sunday with an Instagram photo dump from the UAE city. 

An outraged representative from World Animal Protection has now blasted the couple for encouraging the practice – arguing the mammals are kept in ‘tiny barren, concrete tanks 200k times smaller than their natural space’.

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'They're kept in tiny barren, concrete tanks!' Coleen and Wayne Rooney have been slammed by outraged animal rights activists after the family swam with dolphins during their Dubai trip

‘They’re kept in tiny barren, concrete tanks!’ Coleen and Wayne Rooney have been slammed by outraged animal rights activists after the family swam with dolphins during their Dubai trip

Peter Kemple Hardy, head of campaigns at the non-profit organisation told MailOnline: ‘Sadly every year millions of animal lovers like the Rooney family are misled into thinking that captive dolphin experiences are cruelty-free, educational and good for conservation efforts.

‘Unfortunately, the industry is profiting billions of dollars from keeping dolphins in tiny barren, concrete tanks 200k times smaller than their natural space.

‘Dolphins are wild animals and in their natural environment, swim 100 square kilometres of ocean freely, sometimes much more.

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Controversial: Coleen had posted a collection of photos from their getaway on Sunday, including one where delighted Kit received a kiss on the cheek from one of the mammals

Controversial: Coleen had posted a collection of photos from their getaway on Sunday, including one where delighted Kit received a kiss on the cheek from one of the mammals

‘We are calling on holiday makers to see dolphins in the wild with a responsible tour operator rather than in captivity and for tour operators like TUI to follow the lead of Expedia, TripAdvisor, Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays and Booking.com who have all stopped profiting from dolphin entertainment.’

Coleen had posted a collection of photos from their getaway on Sunday, including one with saw the family-of-six posing with a dolphin.

It saw them all wearing matching yellow life jackets with a delighted Kit receiving a kiss on the cheek from one. 

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The bikini-clad star also wore a series of summery looks, including a strapless yellow scalloped bikini and a green two-piece as she posed for various pictures. 

Oops! An outraged representative from World Animal Protection has now blasted the couple for encouraging the practice - arguing the mammals are kept in 'tiny barren, concrete tanks 200k times smaller than their natural space'

Oops! An outraged representative from World Animal Protection has now blasted the couple for encouraging the practice – arguing the mammals are kept in ‘tiny barren, concrete tanks 200k times smaller than their natural space’ 

Wow! Coleen and her family arrived last Thursday at the spectacular Jumeriah Al Qasr hotel which boasts a Presidential Suite with three bedrooms costing around £7,000 a night

Wow! Coleen and her family arrived last Thursday at the spectacular Jumeriah Al Qasr hotel which boasts a Presidential Suite with three bedrooms costing around £7,000 a night

One picture saw their boys all wearing matching swimwear and another saw her youngest son Cass fast asleep on Coleen as they sat in a restaurant.

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In another snap, Coleen wore a white Bargot dress as she headed out on a date night with Wayne.

Coleen captioned the images with the words: ‘We had the best Family holiday 2022. Dubai you were fantastic #grateful ❤️.’

Coleen has been soaking up the sunshine as she escapes the pressures of her £3million Wagatha Christie High Court libel battle with Rebekah Vardy.

Her family arrived last Thursday at the spectacular Jumeriah Al Qasr hotel which boasts a Presidential Suite with three bedrooms costing around £7,000 a night.

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The Rooneys flew out from Manchester after skipping the last day of the so-called Wagatha Christie libel trial which gripped Britain.

Ready to hit the pool: One snap saw their boys all wearing matching swimwear

Ready to hit the pool: One snap saw their boys all wearing matching swimwear

Time for a snooze: The holiday was a chance for the Rooneys to get away from it all after they attended the High Court together for several days

Time for a snooze: The holiday was a chance for the Rooneys to get away from it all after they attended the High Court together for several days

Coleen and Wayne had spent seven days in London’s High Court as she rebutted claims that she had libelled Rebekah, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

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The mother-of-four had accused Rebekah, 40, of leaking stories to The Sun about her family after entrapping her in a notorious ‘sting operation’ on Instagram.

The couple were also spotted dining al fresco, supping drinks and daubing sun cream on sons Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, and Cass, to protect them from the harsh rays.

Coleen’s parents Tony and Colette McLoughlin were also seen playing with their grandsons in the pool.

Another guest at the hotel said: ‘It was fantastic to see them enjoying a well deserved break after being under the spotlight at the High Court.

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Date night: The Rooneys are thought to have paid around £1,300 a night for one of the hotel’s private villas close to the beach. The villas include the services of a butler

Date night: The Rooneys are thought to have paid around £1,300 a night for one of the hotel’s private villas close to the beach. The villas include the services of a butler

What a night! After sharing her holiday snaps, Coleen also posted a snap with singer Ed Sheera (third from right). She wrote: 'Ed ❤️…….amazing as always x'

What a night! After sharing her holiday snaps, Coleen also posted a snap with singer Ed Sheera (third from right). She wrote: ‘Ed ❤️…….amazing as always x’

‘Coleen appeared completely at ease and seemed happy to have some quality time away from it all with her family. She and Wayne are just down to earth people.

‘They did not put on any airs and graces, and spent a relaxed few days enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings of the hotel.’

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The Rooneys are thought to have paid around £1,300 a night for one of the hotel’s private villas close to the beach. The villas include the services of a butler.

The hotel which opened in 2004 features horse statues along with waterfalls and other decorative features including marble pillars adorning its grounds.

Looking forward: Coleen (pictured with her fours sons on holiday in Dubai) is said to be extremely confident she will win her libel case with Rebekah Vardy

Looking forward: Coleen (pictured with her fours sons on holiday in Dubai) is said to be extremely confident she will win her libel case with Rebekah Vardy

Luxury: Coleen uploaded several holiday pictures, including this image of husband Wayne with three of their sons along with her father Tony McLoughlin

Luxury: Coleen uploaded several holiday pictures, including this image of husband Wayne with three of their sons along with her father Tony McLoughlin

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Coleen famously revealed in October 2019 how she planted fake stories on her personal Instagram account and had changed her settings so that the posts could only be seen by Rebekah’s account. 

Each of the bogus stories then found their way into The Sun newspaper, prompting Coleen to suggest that Rebekah’s account was the source of the leaks.

Coleen had claimed that her actions were a ‘last resort’ after she came to the conclusion someone was leaking information about her to The Sun.

She defended herself against the libel claims in court by insisting that her allegations against Rebekah were the truth.

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Rebekah claimed in turn that Coleen’s post, which was published while she was pregnant, cost her a book deal and an endorsement for placenta capsules, while also acting as a lightning rod for people to abuse her on social media.

Splashing out: The Rooneys flew out from Manchester after skipping the last day of the so-called Wagatha Christie libel trial which gripped Britain

Splashing out: The Rooneys flew out from Manchester after skipping the last day of the so-called Wagatha Christie libel trial which gripped Britain

Tactical: Coleen famously revealed in October 2019 how she planted fake stories on Vardy's (pictured) personal Instagram account and had changed her settings so that the posts could only be seen by her

Tactical: Coleen famously revealed in October 2019 how she planted fake stories on Vardy’s (pictured) personal Instagram account and had changed her settings so that the posts could only be seen by her

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