Two Out Of 27 Dolphins Caught For Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa Die
June 18, 2011
Two out of 27 dolphins captured from the waters of the Solomon Islands for Singapore’ Resorts World Sentosa have died, and the dolphin tank hasn’t even been built yet.
AsianScientist (Jun. 18, 2011) – Two out of 27 dolphins captured from the waters of the Solomon Islands for Singapore’ Resorts World Sentosa have died, and the dolphin tank hasn’t even been built yet.
The remaining 25 dolphins are currently housed at Ocean Adventure Park in Subic Bay, Philippines.
In a May 28 open letter to the CEO of the resort and the Singapore Tourism Board, Ric O’Barry, dolphin activist and star of The Cove, wrote:
“We know that Resorts World Sentosa has dolphins now being kept in the Philippines that were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands. We know the people of Singapore love dolphins. Most Singaporeans would object to keeping dolphins in captivity if they knew the dangers to the dolphins and the horrific capture practices of the Solomon Islands and other dolphin capture countries.”
Responding in the Singapore Straits Times, the resort said that dolphins in captivity can live twice as long as their counterparts in the wild, and that the captive dolphins provide valuable information to scientists in the field of marine mammal science.
Two years ago, the resort abandoned plans for a whale shark exhibit after community outcry.
A petition has been started to free the “Sentosa 25″ with more than 85,000 signatures collected so far.
(July 1, 2011) Singaporeans & International Community Speak Up For The “Sentosa 25” Dolphins.
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