Philippines halts shipment of 25 live dolphins to Singapore resort16/10/2012 07:23:43
Sarah Brightman, a UNESCO goodwill ambassador, has been employed to perform at the opening of the resort in december. UNESCO have a biospere reserve in the Solomon Islands, so we have asked UNESCO and Ms Nrightman's 'people' for a comment about the import of these poor dolphins.
Marine Life Park statement re import of dolphins"The acquisition of our 25 Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins followed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requirements. CITES regulates the trade of animals to protect wildlife species from extinction. The movement of marine animals, including dolphins, is governed by the United Nations Environment Programme which upholds the policies of CITES.
The dolphins are currently doing well in the Philippines. (Apart from the 2 that dies. Ed note.) Marine Life Park has an experienced team of animal experts who collectively represent over 300 years of experience working in more than 60 reputable zoological facilities around the world. With a mission to promote marine education, conservation and research, the Marine Life Park strives to offer an educational and memorable experience that inspires a generation of stewards for the environment."
25 dolphins awaiting shipment to giant new Singapore resort
Solomon Islands restrict dolphin capture
According the Ocean Adventure, the dolphins are not on display there, they are just being held and trained before they are shipped to Singapore. Which seems to Wildlife Extra to go against their own mission statement: "To establish a world-class marine attraction that provides a highly entertaining and informative guest experience through presentations and direct interaction with marine mammals, and viewing of marine life exhibits. To increase public awareness on the need to protect and conserve marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the surrounding communities."
ACRES echoes the sentiments of Judge Bernelito Fernandez who said that he saw the need to issue the Temporary Environment Protection Order (TEPO) "as this will result in grave and irreparable damage to the population of the dolphins from the Solomon Islands and generations yet to come and to the environment in general as the said activity has been scientifically shown to be detrimental to the survival of the species and in violation of domestic law and international conventions."
National Museum opposing the export
Dolphins should be released into the wild in Solomon Islands
According to Sec. 6, Art. 1 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or RA 9147: Section 6. Wildlife Information. All activities, as subsequently manifested under this Chapter, shall be authorized by the Secretary upon proper evaluation of best available information or scientific data showing that the activity is, or for a purpose, not detrimental to the survival of the species or subspecies involved and/or their habitat. For this purpose, the Secretary shall regularly update wildlife information through research.
The term ‘activities' also include ‘importation' and ‘exportation' of wildlife in the country.