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 ;
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Mr. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman
Resorts World Sentosa
39 Artillery Avenue
- Minister of State
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
- Ministry of National Development
Minister Khaw Boon Wan
- VP Operations
- Media Contact
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
Mr. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay
I am contacting you on behalf of the Dolphins that Resorts World Sentosa has in captivity. These 25 dolphins were kept in the Philippines until training for your water show and swim with program and construction was finished, they were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands. Sadly 4 dolphins have died from the original capture of 27!
If Resorts World frees the dolphins, not only will it show good corporate citizenship, it will also be a massive windfall of good publicity for them. In helping return these dolphins, Resorts World would show the people of Singapore and the world that you are a true steward of the environment and a responsible company sensitive to the harm captivity inflicts on dolphins.
Your cooperation would ensure that these dolphins are returned to their natural habitat where they can thrive, as opposed to keeping them in captivity, separated from their original home range and their pod, most Singaporeans would object to keeping dolphins in captivity if they knew the horrible capture practices.
While wild dolphins can live for 60 years, in captivity they often die prematurely. Captive dolphins routinely suffer from ulcers, they frequently go blind and have skin problems. Many also succumb to stress-related conditions like pneumonia, depression as well as self-inflicted injuries or those caused by accidents or confrontations with other confined dolphins. Many activists across the world are working to protect dolphins and prevent dolphins from being removed from the wild for captivity.
I know the people of Singapore love dolphins. Most Singaporeans would object to keeping dolphins in captivity if they knew the dangers to the dolphins and the horrific capture practices of the Solomon Islands and other dolphin capture countries. This is gaining International attention and the world is watching you.
We kindly ask that you consider freeing these dolphins.
Thanking you in advance for making the right decision to free the Dolphins, I remain,
Very truly yours,
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