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Voice of the Orcas: World's Largest Aquarium Operator Objects to Beluga Importation Attempt by US Marine Parks

Voice of the Orcas: World's Largest Aquarium Operator Objects to Beluga Importation Attempt by US Marine Parks | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has applied for a federal import permit on behalf of a group of marine parks, saying the aquariums need the Arctic whales for captive breeding efforts, research and education.

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Fishermen vs reclamation threaten suit

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Fisherfolk groups on Monday threatened to file criminal and administrative charges against Environment Secretary Ramon Paje if he continued to ignore their demands to stop land reclamation projects in Manila Bay and other areas.
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Philippine activists defiant on dolphins - World News Report

Philippine activists defiant on dolphins - World News Report | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
The most comprehensive geo-political news service available on the Internet, covering over 263 countries and regions, all U.S. States and Industries.

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And the beluga whale factory farm era begins - NOT! | Cove Blue for Jiyu

And the beluga whale factory farm era begins - NOT! | Cove Blue for Jiyu | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
While Russia continues to capture more beluga whales, the U.S. aquarium industry may be considering its next chess move: beluga whale factory farming.

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NO TO THE CAPTIVE INDUSRTY

NO TO THE CAPTIVE INDUSRTY | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
I think the pictures above say it all! CLEANING POOLS WITH CHEMICALS WHILE DOLPHINS LAY IN WAIT????

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QC Court Lifts TEPO On Re-Export Of Dolphins; Petitioners To File Appeal | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

QC Court Lifts TEPO On Re-Export Of Dolphins; Petitioners To File Appeal | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

17 October 2012
MEDIA RELEASE

 

At a hearing today, Judge Evangeline Castillo-Marigomen denied the extension of the Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) barring the re-export of 25 dolphins owned by Resorts World currently at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic.

 

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence presented by the petitioners, the order signed by Judge Marigomen reads: “The Court is constrained to deny the application for a TEPO to enjoin the public respondents from issuing the exportation permit of dolphins, as the petitioners have not proved any violation of law committed by the concerned government agencies.”

 

Petitioners Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute (EII) and Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) were also shocked and aghast when the Judge likened dolphins to ‘pets’. The Judge also asked Petitioners if they have been to SeaWorld as that facility takes care of its animals.

 

SeaWorld was at the center of controversy recently when one of its animals drowned a trainer bringing to three people killed by animals at that facility.

 

‘It is a sad day for dolphins today”, says Concepcion, ‘It is tantamount to saying that it is alright to capture, train and use wild dolphins for dolphin shows even if this will threaten their survival in the wild.’

 

Petitioners are expected to file a motion for reconsideration soon. Likewise petitioners are thinking of filing a motion for a voluntary inhibition of Judge Marigomen for her open remarks in court comparing dolphins to pets as well as the SeaWorld Park in the US.#####


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QC court bars govt from exporting Subic dolphins to Singapore - InterAksyon.com

QC court bars govt from exporting Subic dolphins to Singapore - InterAksyon.com | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

By: Ana Miranda, InterAksyon.com
October 13, 2012 3:00 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines -- A Quezon City court on Friday has barred the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources from re-exporting to Singapore 25 dolphins held captive in Subic.

 

The two agencies and Singapore-based Resorts World in Sentosa were also barred from importing any dolphins into the country by the 72-hour temporary environmental protection order issued by Quezon City regional trial court First Vice Executive Judge Bernelito Fernandez on a petition filed by the Earth Island Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, and the Compassion and Responsibility to Animals Welfare Philippines, among others.

 

The petition will be heard by RTC Branch 101, the only designated environment court in Quezon City.

 

"After a thorough review of the allegations in support of the prayer for the issuance of a TEPO, this office finds that there exists extreme urgency and that the subject 25 captive dolphins and the petitioners will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury should the re-exporting of the said captive dolphins and the importing of additional dolphins into the country be undertaken at this time," Fernandez’s two-page order said.

 

The animal welfare groups filed their petition after learning the dolphins, imported from the Solomon Islands in 2008, 2009 and 2011, were to be re-exported to Singapore based on a notice asking for their comment.

 

They noted that other countries have banned the dolphin trade altogether.

 

Aside from the TEPO, the petition asked for the nullification of import permits dating back to 2008 and the voiding of all import permits of dolphins from the Solomon Islands.

 

The petitioners also requested the court to order the respondents "to hold in custody the dolphins currently in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic at their expense until they are rehabilitated for release back in the wild."

 


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Philippine court stops export of RWS dolphins

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By Derrick Ho

 

A Philippine court on Saturday temporarily blocked the export of 25 captive dolphins meant to be the main attraction at the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

 

A Quezon City court issued a 72-hour "temporary environment protection order" preventing the mammals from being exported to Singapore, after animal rights groups there filed a civil suit, according to the Philippine Star newspaper.

 

The groups included the Earth Island Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society and the Compassion and Responsibility Philippines. They alleged that exporting the bottlenose dolphins for sport or entertainment was illegal, cruel and would cause the extinction of the species.

 

The suit was filed against the Philippine agricultural secretary, Department of Agriculture and the the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, as well as Resorts World Sentosa, the Star reported.

 


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Court order sought vs export of dolphins to Singapore - The Philippine Star » News » Headlines

Court order sought vs export of dolphins to Singapore - The Philippine Star » News » Headlines | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
A Quezon City court stopped yesterday the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) from issuing a permit to re-export to Singapore 25 dolphins in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic.

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GREEN GROUPS & ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES WIN TEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDER (TEPO) AGAINST RE-EXPORT OF DOLPHINS | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

GREEN GROUPS & ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES WIN TEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDER (TEPO) AGAINST RE-EXPORT OF DOLPHINS | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

The Office of the First Vice Executive Judge of the Quezon City
Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) today issued a Temporary Environmental
Protection Order (TEPO) enjoining the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) from issuing a
re-export permit for 25 dolphins currently at the Ocean Adventure in
Subic.

 

Acting Executive Judge Bernelito R. Fernandez issued an order dated 12
October 2012 granting a 72-hour Temporary Environmental Protection
Order (TEPO) effective upon the receipt of the order by the BFAR and
the Department of Agriculture.

 

The TEPO is in response to a petition filed by Earth Island
Institute-Philippines (EII-Phils.), the Philippine Animal Welfare
Society (PAWS), CARA Welfare Philippines as well as individual animal
welfare advocates. According to the petitioners, the re-export of
dolphins is in violation of the Wildlife Act (RA 9147) and the
commitments of the country under the CITES Treaty.

 

The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species
(CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is
to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and
plants does not threaten their survival. The Philippines ratified
CITES on August 18, 1981 and entered into force on November 16, 1981.

 

According to the petition filed by EII, PAWS, CARA et al., dolphins
harvested from the Solomon Islands and imported into the country in
batches starting December 2008, January 2009 and January 2011,
threatens the survival of the wild populations in the Solomon Islands.

 

Apart from seeking a TEPO to re-export the dolphins, the petitioners
are also seeking the nullification of the import permits for the 25
dolphins from the Solomon Islands and the rehabilitation and release
of the dolphins back to their natural habitat.######


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End the Slaughter End Captivity NOW PSA

A PSA produced by Earth Island Institute Philippines about dolphin captivity featuring messages from leaders of different environmental and animal welfare or...

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International dolphin activist, Ric O' Barry, speaks for the dolphins on September 14, 2012, 3PM at DLSU.

International dolphin activist, Ric O' Barry, speaks for the dolphins on September 14, 2012, 3PM at DLSU. | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

"...when you become conscious of this nonhuman intelligence, you realize after a while they don't really belong in captivity." -Ric O' Barry, The Cove

 

Join, witness and listen to the voices of these innocent intelligent marine mammals as Ric O' Barry, one of the men behind "The Cove," speaks for them on September 14, 2012, 3PM.

See you at the William Shaw Little Theater in DLSU!

 

 

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Behind the Faroe Grind

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Located northwest of Scotland between Norway and Iceland lie the Faroe Islands a magical archipelago in the North Atlantic ocean. The inhabitants of this beautiful place are the Faroese. Proud desc...

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ACTIVISTS FILE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION TO HALT DOLPHIN EXPORT TO SINGAPORE | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

ACTIVISTS FILE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION TO HALT DOLPHIN EXPORT TO SINGAPORE | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

19 October 2012

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Believing that they will be deprived of due process, Philippine groups led by Earth Island Institute (EII), the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) filed today a Motion for Reconsideration, urging a Philippine court to grant an Environmental Protection Order preventing the re-export of 25 dolphins owned by Resorts World Singapore (RWS).

 

“If the dolphins will be allowed to be re-exported to Singapore, this will render our case moot and academic, hence depriving us our right to be heard in court,” says Anna Cabrera, Executive Director of PAWS, and co-complainant in the case, “So even if we win this case, it will just be an exercise in futility as the dolphins are already in Singapore.”

 

According to Trixie Concepcion of EII, “If the dolphins get re-exported to Singapore, this will set a dangerous precedent not only for dolphins but for all other species. This would mean that the Philippines has legitimized the import/export and trade of threatened species which will only be used for amusement.”

 

The 25 dolphins owned by RWS was caught in the wild from the Solomon Islands and latest scientific study has shown that the sustainable rate of capture is only 1 animal in 5 years.

The groups claim that it is unacceptable that a species of dolphins may go extinct so corporations such as Resorts World Singapore can make profits by using these animals for their dolphin shows.

 

The Motion for Reconsideration is scheduled to be heard on 25 October, Thursday, 9am before the sala of the Executive Judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Courts.#########


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Animal rights groups in Philippines resist export of wild dolphins to RWS

Animal rights groups in Philippines resist export of wild dolphins to RWS | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it
Environmental and animal rights groups in the Philippines are refusing to concede defeat in their fight to prevent 25 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins from being re-exported to the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

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Whale 'makes human-like sounds'

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Researchers in the US are shocked to hear a whale making vocalisations similar to human speech in frequency and cadence.

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mucus brained: When the Court Goes Wild

mucus brained: When the Court Goes Wild | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it


When environmental court judges play ignorant of the basic principles of conservation and animal welfare, what could we expect? Absurd things could really happen in a supposed to be respectable court.

Last October 12 (Friday), green and animal welfare groups led by Earth Island Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, et. al. filed a petition against the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) and won in the first round when First Vice Executive Judge Bernelito R. Fernandez of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) issued a 72-hour Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) to refrain the re-exportation of 25 dolphins to Singapore. But soon after the TEPO expires, in a hearing last October 17, Judge Evangeline Castillo-Marigomen denied the petitioners' plea for a TEPO extension.

Said dolphins was wild-caught from Solomon Islands, brought into the country by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) represented by the law firm Cruz-Enverga & Associates, and are now being trained in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic under tight security.

BFAR allowed the importation of a total of 25 dolphins in 2008, 2009 & 2011 despite being informed of scientific findings of foremost marine mammal experts in the country recognized by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stating that the harvest of wild dolphins in Solomon Islands could be detrimental to the survival of the species. Latest studies reveal that only one (1) dolphin may be harvested in every 5 years to sustain the population.

It is clear that BFAR simply issued importation permits in full neglect of the country’s commitments under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) -which forms part of the law of the land under Art. 2, Sec 2 of the Philippine Constitution -- as well as a violation against Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or RA 9147 which states that “All activities… shall be authorized by the Secretary upon proper evaluation of best available information or scientific data showing that the activity is, or for a purpose, not detrimental to the survival of the species or subspecies involved and/or their habitat.”

By the way, according to the petitioners, BFAR admitted that they have no marine mammal experts as the bureau's mandate focuses more on food sustainability (dolphins are clearly not food animals) -- the more reason that they should consult first with scientific authorities recognized by CITES like the Siliman University and the National Museum. Unfortunately, no legal representative of BFAR was there in the hearing to be questioned about this (and I think their absence was intended).

The refusal of the court to extend the Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) on the basis that the petitioners "have not proved any violation of law committed by the concerned government agencies” is really ridiculous and an insult to any average man's intelligence when the evidences are just at the tip of the judge's nose. She pointed out that the idea that the dolphins are imported in the Philippines illegally is just a "presumption" by the petitioners but, on the other hand, said that BFAR officials are the 'experts in the field' and their action are always deemed regular. Judge also said that it is presumptuous to conclude that the dolphin population will be threatened just because of harvesting 25 dolphins. Now, who's presuming without legal & scientific bases?  

Judge Marigomen was in chorus with the legal representative of Resorts World Sentosa when she said that it's the Solomon Island government's 'look-out' and not ours. According to her, CITES regulates trade of wild species and claimed that there was no 'trade' that took place in the Philippines since the dolphins are only here for training... But training, as well as the processes of importation and re-exportation, is clearly a part of the trade! And the mere fact that the Philippines signed & committed to CITES as part of the law of the land, we are part of it and must, therefore, protect threatened wild life species of the world.

Similar to Resorts World's statement, the judge mentioned that "they [the dolphins] can no longer be returned to the wild. They're pets." The judge also believes that the dolphins are "properties" of RWS. What could animal welfare and environmental activists possibly get from a judge with that kind of mind set? Dolphins as properties and pets?! This is like saying that it is OK to kidnap children, consider them as properties and trade them into prostitution. Those dolphins were practically abducted from their families in the wild and were being forced to perform in exchange of food in order to entertain people and to profit few greedy corporations.

Furthermore, petitioners were dismayed when the judge asked them if they have ever been in SeaWorld where she believes the dolphins are well-taken cared of. SeaWorld in the past years have been controversial because of allegations of animal cruelty and deaths caused from dolphin-human interaction. Clearly, the petitioners wouldn't even have a good chance of winning the case under the judge.

The judge's decision to deny the petitioners' plea as they have not established the evidences needed was premature and hastily done when she didn't even give the petitioners a chance to present their case in the court. Petitioners said that they are willing to present witnesses and other evidences should the court requires, but the only thing that they were asking the judge that critical day was just to extend the TEMPORARY environmental protection order to prevent the dolphins from being re-exported while the case is ongoing. Otherwise, those dolphins could be re-exported to Singapore anytime and the arguments raised will just be moot and academic.

I have just learned a while ago that BFAR already issued a permit for the re-exportation and, according to news, there is no way to stop the said re-exportation. It's already made! Hmmnn... That explains a lot. What a maneuver! The hearing was just a show (a "moro-moro" as Filipinos may call it).

Ignorance could easily be forgiven but to intentionally ignore a substantial argument is another thing... If this kind of justice system is blatantly unjust, what other options are left for the people? Are the laws made just to be screwed up or interpreted in favor of the powerful?

Cursed it! What am I, NAIVE?!

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Environmental groups sue government over dolphin re-exportation

Environmental groups sue government over dolphin re-exportation | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

By Khrysta Imperial Rara, VERA Files

 

Environment and animal welfare groups filed  yesterday a petition against the Philippine government to prevent the issuance of a permit to re-export to Singapore 25 dolphins presently being kept and trained at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic.

 

About an hour after the groups filed the petition, the office of the First Vice Executive Judge of the QC Regional Trial Court issued a 72-hour Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO).

 

"We won Round One. We have to argue this in court now to make this permanent," Atty. Mel Velasco, lawyer for Earth Island Institute, said.

 

Respondents to the case are the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore where the dolphins are to be re-exported.

 

Velasco explained that there has never been a case like this in Philippine legal history. "We are charting unknown waters. We saw a loophole — the rule of using Precautionary measures when there is conflict between authorities and they (the government) didn't follow that," he said. "The Executive Judge saw merit in the case."

 

Environment advocates  say that the suit  may change the course of wildlife trading  in the Philippines,

 

Velasco was referring to the Precautionary Principle in Environmental Law cited in the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which the Philippines ratified in August 1981 and which entered into force in November of that year.

 

CITES is an international agreement seeking to guarantee that any trade in wild animals and plants will not threaten the survival of the species.

 

According to CITES, authorities should consider the best interest of the conservation of species in any undertaking.

 

"BFAR violated certain rules. Precautionary measures should have been observed before they issued the permit to import the dolphins," Velasco said.

 

"In light of the CITES provisions, any import of sea mammals should have the green light of internationally recognized scientific bodies. In the Philippines, National Museum and Silliman University are recognized as the CITES marine mammal experts," he clarified.

 

"BFAR ignored the recommendations of National Museum and Silliman University," he said.

 

In their petition, Earth Island Institute (EII), the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), CARA Welfare Philippines, and 10 environmental and animal welfare advocates say the re-export of the dolphins would violate both the CITES treaty and the country's Wildlife Act (RA 9147).

 

"It is important that our laws, both local laws and international agreements, be respected and implemented by our authorities. In the case of the dolphins, our laws have been ignored or cavalierly dismissed by our government functionaries," one of the petitioners, Moro writer and environmental advocate Datu Jamal Ashley Abbas, said.

 

"When authorities start ignoring our laws, it will only encourage a climate of impunity," he added.

Trixie Concepcion, Regional Director for Asia of Earth Island Institute (EII), stressed the need for the public to closely monitor the government's actions when it comes to environmental issues.

 

"We are doing this because if we don't do anything, it will institutionalize the government's failure to abide by its commitment to CITES, to protect all species and not just the dolphins," she stated.

"It is specific in CITES that countries must not trade threatened species and the proposed export of the dolphins to Singapore is exactly that — it is a threat to the species of dolphins in the Solomon Islands," Concepcion reiterated.

 

Concepcion says BFAR should never have allowed the importation of these dolphins into the Philippines.

 

The 25 wild-caught Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) all came from the Solomon Islands. They were imported by Resorts World Singapore (RWS) into the Philippines in three batches in 2008, 2009 & 2011despite scientific reports from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stating that the harvest of wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands could put the survival of the species at risk.

 

The IUCN report titled "Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin Assessment Workshop Report" estimates that the population of this particular species in the island nation is less than 5,000 individuals.

To protect the species from extinction, the Solomon Island government banned dolphin hunts in their territorial waters starting January 1, 2012. Island officials have also limited the captures to one dolphin every 5 years.

 

"Our objective is to compel the Philippine government to ship back the dolphins to the Solomon Islands because it's the right thing to do. They are on the brink of extinction," Concepcion said.

Lawyer Velasco is confident of victory for their case. "It's not just a legal battle. It's a battle of consciousness. People are learning about this only now," he said.

 

In Singapore, the animal protection group Animal Concerns Research  Education Society (ACRES) is campaigning to prevent the import of the dolphins into the island city-state.

 

Early this year, ACRES and EII launched 'Save the World's Saddest Dolphins' campaign to pressure both governments to return all 25 dolphins to their natural habitat in the Solomon Islands. The campaign has so far generated over six hundred thousand signatures from all over the world for its online petition.

 

(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for "true.")

 


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Dolphin export barred - Manila Standard Today

Dolphin export barred - Manila Standard Today | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

By Rio N. Araja | Posted on Oct. 13, 2012 at 12:02am | 

 

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court issued a 72-hour temporary environmental protection order directing Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Asis Perez to prevent the re-exportation of 25 dolphins to Singapore.

 

The order of Judge Bernelito Fernandez of Branch 101 bars the shipment of the 25 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), which were caught in the waters of Solomon Islands, to the Marine Life Park at the Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.

 

Fernandez said he saw the need to issue the TEPO “as this will result in grave and irreparable damage to the population of the dolphins from the Solomon Islands and generations yet to come and to the environment in general as the said activity has been scientifically shown to be detrimental to the survival of the species and in violation of domestic law and international conventions.”

 

The judge issued the TEPO after environmental and animal welfare groups filed a petition urging the government to stop the trans-shipment of the dolphins to Singapore. The cetaceans are now at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic while Marine Life Park is being finished.

 

Marine Life Park, billed as the world’s largest oceanarium, is scheduled to open on Dec. 7 and will involve more than 60 million liters of water and 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species.

 

Trixie Concepcion of Earth Islands Institute said the importation of the dolphins should have been barred because it violates the country’s commitment under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species and Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, or Republic Act 9147.

 

Anna Cabrera, director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, said the import permits were issued without proper evaluation of the best scientific data, adding that the marine mammals were forcibly snatched from their families and will make shorten their natural lives.

 

She noted that dolphins, whales and other cetaceans are not suited to captivity since they are highly social creatures that are used to being in families or pods.

 

Other complaining groups include the Compassion and Responsibility to Animals, Welfare Philippines, Dolphins Love Freedom Network, Save Philippine Seas, Save Freedom Island Movement, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and other individuals.

 

The groups asked Alcala and Perez to deny the re-export permit application and work for the release of the dolphins back to their natural habitat.

 


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QC court stops shipment of dolphins to Singapore -Inquirer

QC court stops shipment of dolphins to Singapore -Inquirer | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

7:35 am | Sunday, October 14th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—A Quezon City court on Friday barred the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) from reexporting to Singapore 25 captive dolphins held at Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, Zambales.

 

The DA and BFAR, as well as the Singapore-based Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore, were also ordered not to import any more dolphins into the Philippines while the temporary environment protection order (Tepo) was in effect.

 

QC Regional Trial Court First Vice Executive Judge Bernelito Fernandez granted the 72-hour Tepo sought by several animal rights groups that raised the alarm over the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins’ plight.

 

Extreme urgency

 

“After a thorough review of the allegations in support of the prayer for the issuance of a Tepo, this court finds that there exists extreme urgency and that the subject 25 captive dolphins and the petitioners will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury should the reexporting of the captive dolphins and the importing of additional dolphins into the country be undertaken at this time,” the two-page order read.

 

Fernandez issued the Tepo on Friday afternoon as Executive Judge Fernando Sagun was in Bacolod City on official business. Fernandez ordered the personal serving of the Tepo on the three respondents.

 

The petition filed by the Earth Island Institute (EII), Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Compassion and Responsibility to Animals Welfare Philippines et al. will be heard by RTC Branch 101.

 

Fernandez said this branch was the “only designated environment court” in Quezon City that could act on the petition.

 

The petitioners sought the Tepo after learning that the dolphins—which were imported from the Solomon Islands in 2008, 2009 and 2011—were to be reexported to Singapore.

 

The EII said it received a notice from the BFAR seeking its comment on the reexportation of the dolphins on Oct. 4.

 

Trained to perform

 

The dolphins had been kept in Subic where they were trained to perform in aquatic shows while the Singapore marine attraction was being built.

 

The petitioners noted that other countries had banned the dolphin trade altogether.

Aside from the Tepo, the animal welfare groups asked for the nullification of dolphin import permits dating back to 2008 and the voiding of all such permits from the Solomon Islands.

The importation and exportation of the marine creatures violates the country’s international agreements and the Wildlife Preservation and Conservation Act.

 

The petitioners also asked the court to direct the respondents “to hold in custody the dolphins currently at Ocean Adventure at their expense until they are rehabilitated for release back to the wild.”

 

This is aside from the periodic reports the respondents must make before the eventual release of the dolphins.

 


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Court stops re-exporting of dolphins to Singapore | Global Nation | INQUIRER Mobile

Court stops re-exporting of dolphins to Singapore | Global Nation | INQUIRER Mobile | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
| October 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Regional Trial Court stopped the re-exportation of 25 dolphins to Singapore.

 

At the same time, the court, through Executive Judge Bernelito Fernandez, also prohibited the importation of additional dolphins into the country. The order is contained in a temporary protection order issued by Fernandez in a two page-order dated October 12.

 

“After a thorough review of the allegations in support of the prayer for the issuance of a TEPO, this office finds that there exists extreme urgency and that the subject 25 captive dolphins and the petitioners will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury should the re-exporting of the said captive dolphins and the importing of additional dolphins into the country be undertaken at this time…This office hereby rules to grant the prayer for a 72-hour TEPO effective upon receipt of this order by the respondents,” the court said.

 

The dolphins are currently at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic.

 

The case stemmed from a petition filed by the Earth Island Institute (EII)-Philippines, Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), CARA Welfare Philippines and several others against the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to stop the re-exportation of 25 Solomon Island dolphins to Singapore.

 

Petitioners said the re-export of dolphins was in violation of the Wildlife Act (RA 9147) and the commitments of the country under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Treaty. The treaty aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

 

The petition was filed against Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Asig Perez, Resorts World at Sentosa PTE LTD. (RWS).

 

Since 2008, a total of 25 dolphins have been imported by Resorts World Singapore (RWS) to the Philippines from the Solomon Islands despite scientific reports from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showing that the harvest of wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands may not be sustainable and could further endanger the local population of dolphins in the island nation.

 


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GROUPS SEEK TO STOP THE RE-EXPORT OF DOLPHINS | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

GROUPS SEEK TO STOP THE RE-EXPORT OF DOLPHINS | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Makamundo (Earthly) | Scoop.it

Environment and animal welfare groups filed a petition against the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to stop the re-export of 25 Solomon Island dolphins to Singapore which are now being held in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic. Instead, the groups call on the government to return the dolphins back to their home in the Solomon Islands.

 

Since 2008, a total of 25 wild-caught dolphins have been imported by Resorts World Singapore (RWS) into the Philippines from the Solomon Islands despite scientific reports from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showing that the harvest of wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands may not be sustainable and could further endanger the local population of dolphins in the island nation. Starting 1 January 2012, the Solomon Island government banned dolphin hunts in their territory. A tacit admission that the hunts were unsustainable. The latest study, participated in by no less than the Solomons government reveal that only one (1) dolphin may be harvested in every 5 years to sustain the population of the species.

 

Despite being informed about these scientific studies and the IUCN reports, dolphins were imported into the country several times in 2008, 2009 & 2011. Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute (EII) says the importation of dolphins into the Philippines should not have been allowed as this has violated the country’s commitments under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) as well as the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or RA 9147 which states that "All activities… shall be authorized by the Secretary upon proper evaluation of best available information or scientific data showing that the activity is, or for a purpose, not detrimental to the survival of the species or subspecies involved and/or their habitat.”

 

"Aside from the fact that the import permits for the 25 dolphins from the Solomon Islands were issued without proper evaluation of the best available scientific data, the dolphins, caught in the wild from the Solomon Islands, were forcibly snatched from their families and will live short, miserable lives in captivity as show animals for Resorts World in Singapore (RWS),” said Philippine Animal Welfare (PAWS) director, Anna Cabrera. She added that scientific studies have proven that dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans are not suited for a life of captivity because they are highly social creatures that are accustomed to being in families or pods.

 

Said dolphins were brought to Ocean Adventure, Subic for training and kept under tight security while the marine park in Singapore is under construction. The group doubts if BFAR and the Bureau of Animal Industry- Animal Welfare Division (BAI-AWD) have ever inspected the condition of the dolphins in the facility.

 

A Singapore-based group is also campaigning to stop RWS from importing dolphins. Since May last year, Animal Concerns Education and Research Society of Singapore (ACRES), together with Earth Island Institute (EII) tied up and launched an international campaign to urge RWS to free the 25 dolphins. So far, the ‘Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins’ campaign has generated over six hundred thousand signatures in its online petition.

 

Among the complainants are Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils), Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Compassion and Responsibility to Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines, Dolphins Love Freedom Network, Save Philippine Seas, Save Freedom Island Movement, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, and other activist individuals. The groups are now calling on Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Bureau of Fisheries Director Asis Perez to rectify the situation by denying the re-export permit application and releasing the dolphins back to their natural habitat. ####

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RESOLUTION TO BAN SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS TO DOLPHIN PARKS IN THE PHILIPPINES

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House Resolution No. 2759 
Introduced by Kabataan Party-list Representative RAYMOND V. PALATINO 
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RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION TO BAN SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS TO THEME PARKS WITH CAPTIVE DOLPHINS AND WHALES THAT COME FROM CRUEL AND INHUMANE SOURCES

 

WHEREAS, the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education play a significant role in values formation and education of students and, therefore, responsible in ensuring educational programs including field trips and the like;

 

WHEREAS, the prime target market of ocean-themed parks with captive dolphins and whales are students, and induce school administrations with bulk discounts, commissions or other monetary incentives to compel students to spend their parents’ hard-earned money in such trips disguised as “educational tours”;

 

WHEREAS, dolphin shows are not adequate educational fora for children. A government-commissioned study in the United Kingdom and several other studies show that watching dolphins in marine parks generate no significant knowledge about these animals, and their social interaction in their natural habitat;

 

WHEREAS, school children who visit these marine parks are unaware of the cruelty behind these shows and are deprived of learning the true nature of dolphins as wild animals. Dolphin and marine animal shows are inaccurate representations of the animals’ normal behavior, and does not necessarily raise ecological awareness and respect for wildlife and nature. Such exhibits risk teaching children the wrong values that keeping wild animals for profit, extracting them from their natural habitat and family and cruelty to other creatures are acceptable;

 

WHEREAS, the captive cetacean industry that was established primarily for human entertainment and for profit is the main motivation for the deadly dolphin and whale hunts in places like Japan, Solomon Islands, and others;

 

WHEREAS, the cruel practice of hunting dolphins and whales for consumption and entertainment has not only brought suffering and death to these amazing and intelligent marine mammals, but has deeply affected the ecosystem through displacing species with critical roles in the environment and eventually pushing some species to the brink of extinction. There are only 37 different species of dolphins that live today. According to the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature or ICUN, 8 dolphin sub-populations are considered critically endangered while 2 species and 3 subspecies are considered endangered. Three species and 1 sub-population of dolphins are classified vulnerable, which means that they are likely to become endangered unless their numbers improve;

 

WHEREAS, in Taiji, Japan, annual dolphin killings occur every September of every year and are perpetrated by a group of fishermen. Once the nicer looking animals are segregated and bought by dolphin parks and aquariums, the rest of the animals are slaughtered in what is known as the biggest slaughter of dolphins and whales on the planet. In 2007, there was a recorded catch of 1,239 animals, including 384 striped dolphins, 300 bottlenose dolphins, 312 Risso's dolphins and 243 southern short-finned pilot whales. In 2009, an estimated 50 pilot whales and 100 bottlenose dolphins were captured at the first hunt of the season alone;

 

WHEREAS, international organizations such as the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) as well as the Association of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMA) have condemned the hunts as being cruel and inhumane and have advised their members not to buy animals from the hunts;

 

WHEREAS, dolphins and whales from the Japanese drive hunts have found its way into the Philippines despite existing laws due to the demand from ocean parks. The Philippines has imported animals from Taiji, Japan in 2001, 2004 and 2009, in direct violation of our Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485) which bans and punishes any kind of torture or maltreatment of any animal, and Fisheries Administrative Order 185 which prohibits the catching, killing and even mere possession of dolphins in the Philippines;

 

WHEREAS, scientific studies show that dolphins have shortened life spans when held in captivity. Most of them die prematurely, especially in performing shows, than when they are left in their natural habitat because of capture shock, exhaustion, stress-related illnesses, and other reasons;

 

WHEREAS, it is also intrinsically cruel to keep dolphins and whales in captivity because of the following reasons:

 

A.) The transportation and confinement of these animals in small cages impairs their physical, psychological and social needs. There are times that animals die while in the process of being transported because of the stressful conditions of the long hours of journey;

 

B.) For dolphins and whales (cetaceans) which are used to travel long distances with their families, the immobility, solitude and the unnatural environment suppress the animals’ natural behaviors and cause stress and suffering to them;

 

C.) Distinct from other animals, cetaceans have super-sensitive hearing that acts as biological sonar for hunting in the wild called echo-location. When in captivity, sounds bounce off concrete walls of their tanks in maddening reverberations which they can hardly bear. Noise from the crowd further adds stress;

 

D.) As complex, social and highly-intelligent animals, cetaceans are capable of multifaceted feelings such as depression. Experts claim that depression is the cause of numerous cases of animal suicide; and

 

E.) The training techniques or agents used to coerce dolphins and whales to learn tricks and performances are most often abusive, cruel, or stressful. The most common form of training is to starve the animals to force them to perform in exchange for food;

 

WHEREAS, four out of five false killer whales and a bottlenose dolphin used for performances in the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic have already died. All these animals came from the Japan;

 

WHEREAS, the use of wild animals for amusement poses a significant danger to the audience members, trainers, and the public. Wild animals which include dolphins and whales innately have unpredictable and uncontrollable behavior. Their stress and suffering in performing shows aggravates their wild nature resulting to numerous incidents of rebellion and injuries against trainers and workers. Direct interaction between humans and these animals, such as touching, carrying, cuddling, kissing, feeding, swimming with marine animals may not only cause injuries and/or mutilation to either party but may also put both animal and human susceptible to various diseases;

 

WHEREAS, the nation’s youth deserves the right to be informed correctly and be protected from misleading facts of the captive industry, and the Department of Education has a moral obligation to teach not just facts about the true behavior of wild animals in their natural habitats, conservation, animal welfare, but also true respect for nature;

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the House of Representatives direct the Department of Education to ban student field trips and visits to facilities that obtain their animals from cruel and inhumane sources.

 

 

Adopted,

 

HON. RAYMOND V. PALATINO 
Representative, Kabataan Party-list

 

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