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Why This Is Important?
Since 2008, a total of 25 wild-caught dolphins have been imported by Resorts World Singapore (RWS) into the Philippines from the Solomon Islands -- this despite scientific reports prepared by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showing that the harvest of wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands may not be sustainable and could further endanger the local population of dolphins in the island nation. Its government has announced just last September 2011 that it will ban all dolphin hunts in their territory starting January 1, 2012.
Yet, given all this information, the 25 dolphins that are now in the Philippines are still being trained as show animals and kept under tight security at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic Bay, Philippines. It is time to rehabilitate and return them back to their home in the Solomon Islands.
We urge you to consider that:
(1) Scientific studies have proven that dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans are not suited for a life of captivity;
(2) These captive animals are bottlenose dolphins. BFAR FAO No. 208, pursuant to Sections 11 and 97 of R.A. No. 8550, lists bottlenose dolphins as an "Endangered Species";
(3) These dolphins were captured despite IUCN's reports in 2009 that dolphin hunts in the Solomon Islands may be detrimental to the dolphin population in the territory.
We appeal to you to:
(1) Deny the export of these dolphins to Resorts World Singapore;
(2) Promptly order the rehabilitation and return of the dolphins back to their home in the Solomon Islands.
Additional information contained in a report prepared by ACRES Singapore - http://www.saddestdolphins.com/report/report.html