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ACTIVISTS HOLD MEMORIAL FOR DEAD DOLPHIN, BLAMES RWS & GOVERNMENT FOR DEATH | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

ACTIVISTS HOLD MEMORIAL FOR DEAD DOLPHIN, BLAMES RWS & GOVERNMENT FOR DEATH | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

Environment and animal welfare activists in Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand held simultaneous memorials today for Wen Wen, the 10-year old male dolphin that died enroute to Singapore from the Philippines last 22 November 2012. 

 

Wen Wen, one of 25 dolphins from the Philippines is currently the subject of an on-going case for the violation of the Wildlife Act or RA 9147. Activists condemned the hasty transfer of the dolphins to Singapore despite the on-going case.

 

“Wen Wen died because of greed and lack of environmental justice,” says Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute (EII), “If she had been left with her family in the wild, she could be alive today. But the greed of a corporation, and the lack of environmental justice in the Philippines allowed for her capture and transfer to Singapore. This is what caused her death.”

 

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), co-complainant in the case with Earth Island Institute erected a memorial tile at their Animal Rehabilitation Center along Katipunan. It reads: “Rest in Peace, Wen Wen. Swim freely across the Rainbow Bridge.”

 

‘We will not forget Wen Wen or the other dolphins and animals who died in captivity just to entertain people. We will continue the fight for the remaining dolphins' release,” says Anna Cabrera of PAWS.

 

Leading the memorial is the Singapore-based ACRES led by Louis Ng. According to Ng, dolphins are inherently wild animals and do not fare well in captivity. 

 

“We urge Resorts World Sentosa to now work with ACRES, Earth Island Institute and other groups to release the rest of the dolphins back to the wild. This is a time for Resorts World Sentosa to show that they truly care about these dolphins and set them free.” concludes Ng.

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Singapore resort faces contempt charges in Philippine court over dolphins - World News - SINA English

Singapore resort faces contempt charges in Philippine court over dolphins...

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Subic dolphin dies on flight to Singapore

Subic dolphin dies on flight to Singapore | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Wen Wen, one of 25 dolphins transferred from Subic in the Philippines to a Singapore oceanarium despite protests from activists, died during its flight to the city-state on Thursday, the resort said.
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MoodMeter = Inspired to fight for the dolphins

MoodMeter = Inspired to fight for the dolphins | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Prompted by her school's plan to go on a field trip to an open-water marine park, 13-year-old Christel Lejano speaks up for the dolphins...
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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 | Earth Island Institute Philippines | 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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Shark finning hitting Persian Gulf sharks hard

Shark finning hitting Persian Gulf sharks hard | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

"The government will not react unless we give them actual data," said Jabado, as she raced to take genetic samples from the sharks before their carcasses were carted off and fins auctioned to the highest bidder.


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New dolphin capture angers Makili

New dolphin capture angers Makili | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

SEVEN bottle nose dolphins were last week captured outside the Lunga river mouth by fishermen and then reportedly sold to a local businessman in Honiara.


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Dolphin export issue still hangs as Quezon City court postpones hearing anew

Dolphin export issue still hangs as Quezon City court postpones hearing anew | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
A Quezon City court postponed on Monday the hearing on the motion for reconsideration to ban the export of 25 show dolphins to Singapore.
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NO TO THE CAPTIVE INDUSRTY

NO TO THE CAPTIVE INDUSRTY | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
I think the pictures above say it all! CLEANING POOLS WITH CHEMICALS WHILE DOLPHINS LAY IN WAIT????
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Whale 'makes human-like sounds'

Whale 'makes human-like sounds' | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Researchers in the US are shocked to hear a whale making vocalisations similar to human speech in frequency and cadence.
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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 | Earth Island Institute Philippines | 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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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 | Earth Island Institute Philippines | 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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Video: ACRES to appeal against dolphins being sent to RWS - 19Oct2012

SINGAPORE: Animal rights groups in Singapore and the Philippines have appealed to the Philippine court to prevent 25 dolphins from being exported to Singapor...
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Dolphin’s Demise Reignites Sentosa Controversy - Dolphins in Captivity

Dolphin’s Demise Reignites Sentosa Controversy - Dolphins in Captivity | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Dolphin’s Demise Reignites Sentosa Controversy - posted in Dolphins in Captivity: http://blogs.wsj.com...osa-controversy One of the 25 bottlenose dolphins slated to be part of a new attraction at the luxury Resorts World Sentosa casino resort...

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Activists to file charges over death of dolphin shipped to Singapore | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Activists to file charges over death of dolphin shipped to Singapore | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Environment and animal rights activists plan to file charges against the people responsible for the death of one of the 25 dolphins recently shipped from Ocean Adventure in Subic, Zambales to Singapore.
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ACTIVISTS CONDEMN RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA, DA & BFAR FOR DOLPHIN DEATH | Earth Island Institute - Philippines

ACTIVISTS CONDEMN RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA, DA & BFAR FOR DOLPHIN DEATH | Earth Island Institute - Philippines | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

The worst fears of environmentalists and animal welfare advocates have come true. A dolphin has died on its way to the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Park in Singapore. Environmentalists say this may only be the beginning.

 

According to the press release of RWS, Wen-wen, a ten-year old male dolphin suddenly died an hour before reaching Singapore. This, despite the claim of RWS that veterinarians and marine mammal experts accompanied all the animals going to Singapore.

 

‘Dolphins do not live long in captivity. The entire process of capturing, training and transporting dolphins puts the animals at risk. The issue of the Solomon Island dolphins has proved exactly that—dolphins have died when they were captured, when they were being trained in Langkawi, (Malaysia), and now with their transport to Singapore. These animals are literally dying to entertain us,’ declared Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute.

 

All 25 animals are subject of an on-going case for the violation of the Wildlife Conservation and Resources Act (RA 9147) filed by Earth Island Institute (EII), the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and CARA Welfare Philippines. Despite ongoing hearings, however, RWS has been transporting the animals to Singapore since 17 November 2012. All 24 dolphins are now in Singapore.

 

‘In their panic to fly the animals out of the country, RWS with the permits from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) had put the animals at risk, hence the death of this animal Wen-wen,’ said Anna Cabrera, Executive Director for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

 

‘More than this, the act of RWS in transporting the dolphins is a blatant and brazen disrespect for the Philippine justice system. We are filing of charges for contempt of court to all those responsible for the transport of these animals,’ adds Cabrera.

 

Contempt of court is detailed in Section 4 Rule 71 of the Revised Rules on Civil Procedure for “any improper conduct, tending directly or indirectly, to impede, obstruct or to degrade the administration of justice” under Section 3 of the same rule.

 

“We are sad that the government allowed for this export to happen, says Nancy Cu-Unjieng of the CARA Welfare Philippines, “This can only mean that the Philippines is now allowing for the trade of animals from unsustainable sources. This is neither acceptable nor legal under international and Philippine law. Those responsible must be made accountable.”

 

Next hearing for the case is on 26 November 2012, Monday, 8:30am at Branch 101 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

 

With all the dolphins now in Singapore, the current case filed by EII, PAWS and CARA has become moot and academic but environmentalists and animal welfare groups are intent on filing contempt and administrative charges on all those involved in the transfer of the dolphins.

 

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Behind the Faroe Grind

Behind the Faroe Grind | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
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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Costa Rica passes ban on taking of shark fins

MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Costa Rica onWednesday passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which thefins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, beforethe fish are thrown...

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Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach

Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
Not one but two specimens of the world’s rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology.
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Shark finning hitting Persian Gulf sharks hard

Shark finning hitting Persian Gulf sharks hard | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

"The government will not react unless we give them actual data," said Jabado, as she raced to take genetic samples from the sharks before their carcasses were carted off and fins auctioned to the highest bidder.


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Just Checked-In : X with the dolphin painter AG Saño

Environmental activist and Filipino artist AG Sano led the mural painting of endangered species in Katipunan Road, Balara, Quezon City.
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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 | Earth Island Institute Philippines | 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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Philippine activists defiant on dolphins - World News Report

Philippine activists defiant on dolphins - World News Report | Earth Island Institute Philippines | 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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Society in new campaign against RWS dolphins

Society in new campaign against RWS dolphins | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE - The Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) yesterday launched a new video about the capture of wild dolphins as it continued its campaign against Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) acquisition of 25 dolphins for its Marine Life Park - an effort the park dismissed as "online antics".

The initiative comes as the society's counterparts in the Philippines filed an appeal against a court's decision to lift an order on the export of the wild-caught dolphins to RWS.

ACRES, which also launched a portal yesterday - www.saddestdolphins.com - hopes to use public pressure to push RWS into releasing the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins so that they can be rehabilitated and eventually released to their natural habitat in the Solomon Islands.

"Ultimately, Resorts World Sentosa relies on public support and public dollars in order to carry on its business. We feel that if the public starts to speak up on this issue and take direct action, Resorts World will eventually realise that this is not something that is profitable," ACRES Chief Executive Louis Ng said at a media conference yesterday.

In response, a Marine Life Park spokesperson said: "We have already spent considerable time educating ACRES on facts about our facility, animal care and intent, and we want to move on to the matters in hand … We urge ACRES to focus on areas where it can constructively contribute to marine conservation, rather than engage in online antics to encourage netizens to harass or heckle us and our Facebook fans."

The spokesperson also reiterated: "The import of all CITES protected wildlife into Singapore has to comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and standard international regulations ... Bringing dolphins into the Marine Life Park is no exception."

ACRES said a motion for reconsideration was filed yesterday in the Philippines courts by the Earth Island Institute and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, both from the Philippines. The parties also requested that the judge who lifted the temporary environment protection order be recused over her comments that "dolphins are pets".

Twenty-seven dolphins were captured from the Solomon Islands between 2008 and 2009 and sent to Malaysia and the Philippines for training while the Marine Life Park was under construction. Two of the dolphins died in 2010 from a bacterial infection.

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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 | Earth Island Institute Philippines | Scoop.it
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