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Outrage At Luxury Resort’s Wild Dolphin Capture

27th June 2011

Twenty-five wild bottlenose dolphins that until recently roamed free, are now facing a life of captivity and sadness as permanent residents of Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. The pod was swimming peacefully in the Solomon Islands when nets closed in from behind trapping 25 of them for the luxury resort’s latest exhibit. They are now being kept in tiny tanks in the Philippines while the new facility at Resorts World Sentosa is being built. Two of them have already tragically died.

For wild dolphins captivity is frightening and stressful. Their powerful sonar bounces off the walls back at them and most die young from stress-related illnesses. If the wealthy Resorts World Sentosa succeeds in keeping this group captive then it is likely that half of them will die in the first 2 years. This cruel act will also legitimise the widely banned practice of capturing dolphins in the wild.

We can’t let that happen! Join the campaign now to help set the dolphins free!

Half of all wild dolphins captured and kept in captivity die within 7 years from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-induced illnesses. In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing various health problems in dolphins including blindness. Some may die due to the stress endured during transportation.

Add your voice now to the growing public outcry! Say NO to captivity and help create a massive lobby to free these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Maybe together we can bring an end to the global wild dolphin trade too so that we can all continue to enjoy diving with dolphins in the wild for many years to come.

Sign Avaaz’s petition and they will deliver it to Resorts World and the media. Sign here now and tell all your friends to please do the same!

This petition is supported by Ric O’Barry, Save the Blood Dolphins, The Dolphin Project, Save Japan Dolphins and Earth Island Institute. 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.

Would you like to dive with dolphins and experience a life-changing encounter with these most intelligent of mammals? Then contact Dive The World for more information on the world’s best dolphin diving destinations. You can send us an email or call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794.

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