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Animals Asia were horrified to hear about the recent capture of seven live bottlenose dolphins off the Solomon Islands, for sale to a commercial oceanarium in in the Philippines. These dolphins have been torn from their families, in order to be forced to perform tricks in shows for public entertainment. More are apparently to follow. Animals Asia has added its voice to calls for this abominable treatment of live dolphins to be stopped.
You can read Animals Asia's letter to the Solomon Island and Philippine authorities here. For more information on the plight of dolphins and other marine mammals worldwide, visit the websites of Save Japan Dolphins Coalition (www.SaveJapanDolphins.org), and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (www.wdcs.org).
My name is Mark Jones, I am a veterinarian from the UK, and am employed in the role of animal welfare director by Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong based NGO working to improve the welfare of animals throughout Asia.
We were extremely concerned and disappointed to hear of the recent export of 7 live bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands to the Philippines, which had apparently been purchased by an aquarium that will train them to perform in “shows”, as reported in ther Solomon Star on 9th December 2008 (http://solomonstarnews.com/index.php?
own=78). We understand that more such exports may be planned. Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures with complex social structures. The capture and export of live dolphins, whatever the legal status of the action, does untold damage to this social structure, and threatens the future stability of the populations of dolphins around the Solomon Islands. The training of marine mammals for “shows” serves no educational purpose, and reflects badly on the institutions that continue this outdated and discredited practice.
The only purpose of this sale is to line the pockets of traffickers, officials, and owners of outdated public entertainment facilities. The continued capture and sale of live dolphins serves only to undermine the reputation of the Solomon Islands as an ecotourism destination, and the reputation of the countries that allow the animals to be purchased. We share in the international outrage at the continued treatment of live dolphins as a tradable commodity, and urge you to introduce and enforce legislation to ban this practice immediately.
Mark Jones BVSc MSc(Stir) MSc(London) MRCVS, Veterinarian Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: (852) 2791 2225
Fax: (852) 2791 2320
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