A Quezon City (QC) court yesterday issued a Temporary Environmental Protection Order against the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) from issuing a re-export permit for the 25 dolphins at Ocean Adventure, which is applying to re-export the animals to Singapore.
Executive judge Bernelito Fernandez of QC Regional Trial Court Branch 101 said that the order was issued after an environmental and animal welfare group filed a petition blocking the exportation of the dolphins.
The animal welfare group claimed that BFAR and DA should stop the re-export of 25 Solomon Island dolphins to Singapore, which are now being held in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic and instead 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 into the Philippines from the Solomon Islands despite scientific reports from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature 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. JING VILLAMENTE