Please Help Free the "Sentosa 23" from Resort World in Sentosa Singapore
  • Petitioning Mr Tan Chuan-Jin

This petition will be delivered to:

Minister of State
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
Ministry of National Development
Minister Khaw Boon Wan
VP Operations
John Hallenbeck
Media Contact
Robin Goh
CEO
Mr Tan Tee How
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade and Industry
Mr Ravi Menon
CEO Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority
Ms Tan Poh Hong
Chairman Singapore Tourism Board
Mr Chew Choon Seng
Chairman
Mr. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

Please Help Free the "Sentosa 23" from Resort World in Sentosa Singapore

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, United States

Update: Originally there were 27 dolphins now there are 23 left.
News that Twenty-five (25) bottlenose dolphins that once roamed free and wild are now facing a life of captivity and sadness as permanent residents of Resorts World - Sentosa, Singapore. These 25 dolphins were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands and are now being kept in the Philippines while the new facility at Resorts World Sentosa is being built. Two of them have already tragically died. Ric O'Barry, the marine mammal specialist has also offered his help to rehabilitate and release the dolphins back to the wild, in the Solomon Islands, off Papua New Guinea.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF8cBdL4mTQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP3FbrF5YyM

Some known facts about Dolphins: 

53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.

The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within  their first two years of captivity. Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related illnesses. Some may die due to stress while transport. To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses.

In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing many health problems in dolphins      including blindness.

When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.

Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day - in pools they go around in circles. Dolphins are predators of fish and spend up to half of their time in the wild hunting for food. Supplying dead fish results in less exercise and lack of mental stimulation, thus causing boredom.

Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tailwalking and playing ball are trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild. Confined animals who abuse themselves (banging their heads against the walls) are creating stimuli which their environment cannot supply. Dolphins in captivity tend to develop stereotypical behaviors (swimming in a repetitive circle pattern, with eyes closed and in silence) because of boredom and confinement. This is equivalent to the swaying and pacing of primates, lions, tigers and bears confined in cages.

Won't you please help us and Say NO TO CAPTIVITY. ~RESORT WORLD FREE THE DOLPHINS.~

Thank you to Ric O'Barry, Save the Blood Dolphins, The Dolphin Project, Save Japan Dolphins and Earth Island Institute for their continued support.

Check out the Save the World's Saddest Dolphins website by local group ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society): http://www.saddestdolphins.com/

 We  also appealed to Singaporeans to support this cause and do their bit to persuade RWS to free the dolphins.http://www.facebook.com/ResortsWorldatSentosa 

Please note: ***You can also change the wording on the letter and put your own thoughts in the letter.***

You can also address a letter and send through your regular postal/mail service to:
Mr. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman
Resorts World Sentosa
39 Artillery Avenue
Sentosa
Singapore 099958

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. RWS dolphin death: Time to ban ‘swim with’ programmes

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      These poor dolphins were taken from the ocean and put into a sea pen and trained for the captive industry. Then put on a plane into a chlorinated pool and swim with facility. They were trained by starvation, yet they still remain wild and are very stressed swimming with daily visitors and probably handling by many humans. http://www.todayonline.com/voices/rws-dolphin-death-time-ban-swim-programmes

      RWS dolphin death: Time to ban 'swim with' programmes

      The death of Sharmila, one of the captive dolphins in Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) Dolphin Island exhibit, should prompt RWS and other resorts to stop treating marine mammals like hotel amenities. In the wild, dolphins swim up to 160km a day together in family pods.

    2. Resort World aims for the small island of Bimini, Bahamas

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Resort World is heading to Bimini with another casino. The Bahamas has a large dolphin population. Will they also place dolphins here for their gambling public. Destroying dolphin lives and reefs! http://www.savethebays.bs/2014/04/29/reef-destroyer-arrives-bimini-environmentalists-say-pristine-dive-sites-set-destroyed-defiance-senior-judges-warning/

      'Reef Destroyer' arrives in Bimini Environmentalists say pristine dive sites set to be destroyed in defiance of senior judge's warning

      A mammoth seafloor dredger, dubbed 'The Reef Destroyer' by local environmentalists, has arrived in Bimini as developers forge ahead with construction of a controversial ferry terminal despite a top judge's stern warning. The 450-foot, 1,200 ton Niccolo Machiavelli is a specialized cutter-suction dredger designed to break up hard material which standard dredgers cannot remove.

    3. Death of another dolphin at Resort World Sentosa.

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      https://sg.news.yahoo.com/fourth-resorts-world-sentosa-dolphin-dies-025122212.html
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706000402794175&set=a.122952281098993.18675.103854049675483&type=1&theater
      Now Resort World has their eyes set on building a Casino in Bimini Bahamas. They have brought in a "Reef Destroyer" to back fill the tiny island so that they cruise ship can come in to a shallow water port.

    4. Another 14 dolphins have already been transported earlier this week!

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer
      Dolphin bound for Marine Life Park dies en route to Singapore - Channel NewsAsia

      SINGAPORE: A male dolphin bound for Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has died on its flight to Singapore. Wen Wen, which was estimated to be ten years old, died less than an hour before its plane landed in Singapore. The dolphin was one of 11 on the three-hour long flight from the Philippines on Thursday.

    5. A forum letter in the Sunday Times...Resort world states

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      RWS forum letter in The Sunday Times yesterday. RWS stated previously that "no calves or lactating mothers were among our dolphins that were humanely and sustainably collected". Dolphins are highly social animals living in a close knit family unit. If no calves or lactating mothers were collected, can RWS urgently clarify what was done to these individuals? Were they forcefully removed and separated from their families?

    6. A call to action

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us with your signature. We need to bring this situation to the attention of WAZA. You have the power to help them. Please help us once again. Thank you for your continued support.

    7. Sea Research Foundation Brings Educational Programming to Asia

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      This is not about education but about exploitation of Dolphins.

    8. No debate on dolphins

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      The group wanted to meet RWS chief executive Tan Hee Teck - having had two requests in the last week turned down - to hand him a petition to release and rehabilitate 25 dolphins which the integrated resort has bought for its Marine Life Park.

      With Mr Tan unavailable, the petition was passed to an RWS employee.

    9. Solomon Islands to Ban Dolphin Exports

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Solomon Islands government has announced that it will ban all dolphin exports as of January 1, 2012 in response to a call for conservation of marine species. Tell RWS to return the Sentosa 25 to the waters of the Solomon Islands.

    10. Ocean Park Hong Kong decides not to bring in captive marine mammals

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Ocean Park Hong Kong announced yesterday that "after due consideration, the Park has decided to decline the option of bringing in belugas from the wild." Let's hope that RWS can follow the progressive example set by Ocean Park.

    11. Reuters Picks Up the Story of the Campaign to Release the Dolphins

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Environmental activists rally in Singapore for the release of 25 dolphins that a local resort is training for its marine park. Lindsey Pariett reports for Reuters.

    12. Thank you to all those that have signed this petition.

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Our work is not over, Resort World refuses to return the dolphins to the wild/rehabilitation program. Thousands have spoken against this by signing and requesting to release the Sentosa 25. I ask that each of you please help and share this petition.

    13. Dolphin Plan Faces Global Heat

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Asia for Animals, an alliance of 10 international organisations, including Acres and the Britain-based RSPCA, addressed an open letter to RWS, asking it to prove that dolphins can "thrive in marine parks."

    14. More oppose RWS plan for dolphin exhibit

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Two United States-based online activist groups, Avaaz and Change.org, have gathered a total of nearly 800,000 signatures from members around the world, including Singaporeans.

    15. Marine Life Park claims "dolphins provided with very best care"

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      RWS responds with misleading claims about the care the dolphins will receive and the benefits of the "interactive dolphin spa programme"

    16. RWS claims its goal is "marine conservation"

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Asian Scientist covers the Sentosa 25 and RWS's claims that they're being "misrepresented." There is no misrepresentation: Those who oppose the dolphin exhibit are very clear that there is no excuse for taking these dolphins from the wild.

    17. See Ric O'Barry talking about the Sentosa 25 on Jane Velez-Mitchell

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Velez-Mitchell asks: "How do you teach respect for nature by taking animals out of the wild and then putting them in pens?" She called RWS for comment, and they hung up on her.

    18. Sentosa Dolphins on Jane Velez-Mitchell Tonight!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell will be featuring the "World's Saddest Dolphins" campaign to free the Sentosa 25 TONIGHT: Aug 5 at 7p ET/4p PT on CNN (HLN News and Views).

    19. The Shallow Waters of Dolphin Therapy Claims

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Resorts World Sentosa claims their exhibit will be a "dolphin spa" providing dolphin-assisted therapy. The LA Times takes a look at lack of scientific proof that such benefits exist.

    20. Asia One: 100,000 asking to free RWS dolphins

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "More than 100,000 people have petitioned to Resorts World Singapore (RWS) through Change.org to free the 25 dolphins that they are holding in captivity."

    21. Million of Thanks to all

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for helping with this petition. We cannot stop now and must continue until Resort World frees the Dolphins. Thank you ACRES & Maricelle Rani for your message~Let the Dolphins go. Please visit my facebook page: Save the Blood Dolphins.

    22. Reached 100,000 signatures
    23. Maricelle Rani Wong, Miss Earth Singapore 2010, Sends Message to RWS

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the video message from Miss Earth Singapore 2010, urging Resorts World Sentosa to free the dolphins.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Phoebe Swinn SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • about 6 hours ago

      I do not believe in the inhumane and cruel treatment and capture of beautiful marine creatures for disgusting financial exploitation!

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    • Ananthi Gunasekaran SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 3 days ago

      I feel that every living thing has to get their rights!

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    • Ajmath banu SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 3 days ago

      We should not captive these animals for our own selfish entertainment. FREE THE DOLPHINS!

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    • June Foo SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 3 days ago

      I'm signing because these animals belong to the wild. We humans do not have dominance over them. If indeed we are humans, then we must do what is humane.

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    • Henna Kanaya SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 3 days ago

      I'm signing because I want the Dolphins freed and released to their natural habitat.

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