Environment and animal welfare activists in Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand held simultaneous memorials today for Wen Wen, the 10-year old male dolphin that died enroute to Singapore from the Philippines last 22 November 2012.
Wen Wen, one of 25 dolphins from the Philippines is currently the subject of an on-going case for the violation of the Wildlife Act or RA 9147. Activists condemned the hasty transfer of the dolphins to Singapore despite the on-going case.
“Wen Wen died because of greed and lack of environmental justice,” says Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute (EII), “If she had been left with her family in the wild, she could be alive today. But the greed of a corporation, and the lack of environmental justice in the Philippines allowed for her capture and transfer to Singapore. This is what caused her death.”
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), co-complainant in the case with Earth Island Institute erected a memorial tile at their Animal Rehabilitation Center along Katipunan. It reads: “Rest in Peace, Wen Wen. Swim freely across the Rainbow Bridge.”
‘We will not forget Wen Wen or the other dolphins and animals who died in captivity just to entertain people. We will continue the fight for the remaining dolphins' release,” says Anna Cabrera of PAWS.
Leading the memorial is the Singapore-based ACRES led by Louis Ng. According to Ng, dolphins are inherently wild animals and do not fare well in captivity.
“We urge Resorts World Sentosa to now work with ACRES, Earth Island Institute and other groups to release the rest of the dolphins back to the wild. This is a time for Resorts World Sentosa to show that they truly care about these dolphins and set them free.” concludes Ng.