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Outrage Grows After Third Captured Dolphin Dies

Outrage Grows After Third Captured Dolphin Dies

The death of third dolphin from a group that was taken from the wild in the Solomon Islands to be exported to Singapore for a marine park has added to the growing outrage over the issue.

Animal advocates had been fighting to stop the export of 27 dolphins that were taken from the Solomon Islands between 2008 and 2009 by Resorts World Sentosa for its Marine Life Park, but ultimately lost a legal battle against the resort and two government agencies to stop their transport. Singapore-based group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) filed a civil suit in the Philippines, and were granted a temporary block, but the order to stop their shipping was overturned.

Two of the dolphins previously died in Malaysia from bacterial infections. The third dolphin, a 10-year-old male named Wen Wen, died unexpectedly on the plane en route to Singapore.

I was angry when I heard the news. The rest of the dolphins will know that one among them is dead and will be distressed. I cannot imagine what they must have gone through for the last four years,” said Louis Ng, Chief Executive of ACRES.

The online community took to the resort’s Facebook page to express outrage, but posts were deleted by the resort. After an outcry over that, the resort stopped censoring comments.

Now, the resort is facing contempt charges after a motion was filed by the Earth Island Institute Philippines, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and CARE Welfare Philippines for moving the dolphins while the court was reconsidering an appeal from the groups to extend the temporary order to keep the dolphins from being transported.

“Our main case was to stop the transport of the dolphins, and they did that without informing us or the court. Its now moot and academic, said Mel Velasco, a lawyer for the groups. The best way to move forward would be to hold them liable for Wen Wens death under Philippine laws or under the Animal Welfare Act.”

ACRES believes that the capture of dolphins from the Solomon Islands was unsustainable and in violation of the the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which stated that the import and export of dolphins from the area will threaten their survival and should not happen. The Earth Island Institute argued in court that the ban on hunting dolphins in the Solomon Islands demonstrated that the population there was under threat.

Acres will be holding a candlelight vigil and memorial service for Wen Wen on December 2.

For more information about ways to help, visit the Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins campaign.

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2:31AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Please restore them their home

6:21AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Resorts World Sentosa and its Marine Life Park can't be enjoying the publicity for this stunt. But they deserve more than bad publicity. They should be held liable for Wen Wen’s death under Philippine laws or under the Animal Welfare Act.


9:38PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

No animal should be ripped away from family and environment just to be forced to entertain us, starved and tortured to perform to our expectations, and then just confined in dark tiny spaces just discarded it's just not acceptable, this is why we do not visit any marine parks, aquariums, zoos or circuses and jet they still exist. We just have to picture one or more of our immediate family to be in that position in doing so everyone would be on the same level and respect understanding will be easier to achieve. Our current rules put us above everything. objects that we can us and missus experiment with and test on.... a very sad mindset that we need to change. First we need to change our laws to respect and treat all creatures equally.

2:59PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

The horrors of animal cruelty on all levels never seizes to amaze me in the most awful way. Bloody hell we need to learn that all animals are necessary for our earth to flourish. We need to start educating our children at a very young age to respect,appreciate and love all animals...

4:37AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Unacceptable :(

9:11AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Dolphins are very intelligent creatures, they feel the pain of being seperated from their families, they will never survive for long in captivity. They die in captivity to please the human circus and they die in the fishing nets by the thousands. Yeah, human greed, we call ourselves 'humans' or maybe we should re-phrase that to 'mass murderers', the only animal that kills for fun and profit. No wonder we are going down, we are destroying everything that this planet needs to survive, in fact, we are the ignorant ones, not the animals.

2:26PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

very sad news but thanks for sharing.. RIP

8:39AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

This is an outrage..................

Humans are the worst species on this planet, bar none.

10:00AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

These beautiful animals are to sensible to live in captivity and so do all animals. God created them to live free and we have no right to change that.

9:34AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

"Free to be You and Me," "Free to be You and I,"--especially when there is a lack of oppression. Please help stop cruelty to animals.

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