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Costa Rica says no to dips with the dolphins August 05, 2005 10:42 AM

 
Richard O'Barry <ricobarry@bellsouth.net>
 

Here's the e-mail address for PROMAR: pcubero@promar.or.cr

Why not send them a short note of thanks for their successful effort in
banning captive dolphin swim programs in Costa Rica. (See USA Today--CNN article posted below)

What they did is a big deal.

Personally, I this is going to make our job much easier in Central and South
America, and the Caribbean basin when dealing with government officials.



CNN - USA TODAY
Costa Rica says no to dips with the dolphins
August 05 2005 at 09:29AM

San Jose - Costa Rican officials are prohibiting people from swimming with
dolphins or whales, shutting down a growing
tourism industry that has been criticised, an environmental group said on
Thursday.

The new regulations were published and became law on July 28, but they
weren't brought to the public's attention until
Thursday by the environmental group PROMAR.

The group proposed the new regulations to the Costa Rican government. Under
the new rules, not even researchers will be
allowed to swim with dolphins or whales and the animals won't be allowed to
be held in captivity.

There are 45 companies in Costa Rica that take tourists on tours of the open
sea to observe dolphins and whales, but so far
none have advertised swimming with the animals.

Environmentalists feared that would soon come next, and they proposed the
rules to avoid it.

Swimming with dolphins has become popular in places like the Caribbean and
Mexico, where tourists sometimes pay hundreds of
dollars to swim with dolphins held in captivity. - Sapa-AP

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August 5, 2005 August 05, 2005 4:51 PM

Just letting you know that your posts are not for nought-emails of gratitude have been sent. I appreciate the time you take in researching to inform us. Love, Ursula  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 05, 2005 10:08 PM

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