June 17, 2011 UPDATE: Resort Worlds Responds With PR Campaign
SINGAPORE (TAKE ACTION) — How would you like to not only be forcibly removed from your home, but also have your life expectancy dramatically reduced? Unfortunately, 27 dolphins living near the Solomon Islands have been placed in such circumstances.
Singapore’s Resorts World has dolphins being held in captivity in the Philippines for a resort that isn’t even built. Two of the captured dolphins have already died and the remaining 25 have poor prospects for healthy lives.
Please consider signing the petition to help save these captured dolphins. Let’s flex our Global Animal muscles once again as we did for Misty and save these 25 dolphins!— Global Animal
Change.org, Barbara Napoles
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.
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
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