• Petitioned DA Sec. Proceso Alcala and BFAR Director Asis Perez

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DA Sec. Proceso Alcala and BFAR Director Asis Perez

Deny the export of the RWS 25 dolphins to Resorts World

    1. Petition by

      Nix Nicolas

      Pasig City, Philippines

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

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    • Yana Quinquito DUMAGUETE CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals have the right to be free from captivity. They're not show animals and give humans entertainment for financial benefits.

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    • Raymond Enrile MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 1 year ago

      Wild animals are best left alone

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    • carolyn matthews TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please deny the export of the RWS 25 dolphins to Resorts World and please return the dolphins to their home in the Solomon Islands. These social intelligent sentient beings are endangered and their population in the island nation need to be protected. They are far too intelligent and social to be held captive and made to perform stupid tricks for stupid humans!

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    • Gerald Lim SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is just about human greed.

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    • laura hansen AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 2 years ago

      The world is watching how this is dealt with and will certainly have repurcussions if not dealt with well, tourism will be harmed and therefore the economy. I work with wild dolphins and there is no better way to understand why these animals should be left in their natural environment than to see them in the wild. They are highly intelligent, show signs of loyalty, Curiosity, concern, long term memory and also stress. many live in family pods which separating them from would be stressful, not to mention the awful, physically and mentally harmful, stressful process of removing them from their environment. Disgusting.

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