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Dolphin export barred - Manila Standard Today

Dolphin export barred - Manila Standard Today | Saving the Dolphins | 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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Court issues Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) on 25 Dolphins to be shipped from Manila to Singapore

Court issues Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) on 25 Dolphins to be shipped from Manila to Singapore | Saving the Dolphins | Scoop.it
Quezon : Philippines | Oct 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM PDT BY jamalashley   

A Philippine court issued on Friday, Oct. 12 a Temporary Environment Protection Order (TEPO) on government authorities to stop them from sending 25 dolphins being kept at Subic, Philippines to Resorts World in Singapore.

 

Environmental and animal rights groups and individuals petitioned the courts stop the Philippine government from allowing the re-export of 25 Solomon Island dolphins to Singapore to be used as show animals in Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore. The move was spearheaded by Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils), together with 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 individuals.

 

The petitioners claim that the Ocean Adventure Park in the Philippines, where the dolphins are kept and the Resorts World in Singapore, where they will go, are again trying to re-export these dolphins to Singapore in contravention to Philippine laws and international agreements.

 

In November of last year, animal protection advocates from Manila and Singapore launched the “Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins” campaign in Taguig City, Philippines to stop the Philippine authorities from allowing the 25 dolphins to be re-exported to Singapore. (See link)

 

DOLPHIN TRANS-SHIPMENT

 

The first batch of dolphins imported to the Philippines from the Solomon Islands arrived on Dec. 8, 2008. They were to be trained at the Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, Zambales and later re-exported to Resort World in Sentosa, Singapore.

 

Despite vigorous protests by environmental and animal rights/ welfare advocates, and the findings of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), eleven (11) more dolphins were caught in the Solomon Islands and sent to the Ocean Adventure Park. The dolphins arrived on 15 January 2009.

 

Despite all the protests, the Philippine government allowed seven (7) more Solomon Island dolphins to come to Subic from Langkawi, Malaysia in January 2011. A total of 25 dolphins now stay at the Subic Ocean Adventure Park. Two dolphins died in Malaysia before it could be transported to Manila.

 

SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITIES

 

The Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of the Philippines (RA 9147) recognizes certain institutions as “Scientific Authorities” who can render opinions on questions regarding CITES ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) , an international agreement of which the Philippines has been a part of since 1981. The law names Siliman University and the National Museum as Scientific Authorities.

 

In 2009, , Silliman University, through its President, Ben S. Malayang III wrote a letter addressed to then BFAR Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento, in which he stated:

 

“We have read the relevant documents, including the case study report of the just released IUCN Samoa workshop. It is abundantly clear that the Philippines has been derelict in its obligations under CITES; the importation should not have been allowed. The Non-Detrimental Finding (NDF) is not credible.

 

As the designated scientific authority under the joint DENR-DA-PCSD Administrative Order No. 1, we recommend a moratorium on importations of live T. aduncus into the Philippines to take effect immediately and be lifted only until such time that the adequate population assessment necessary to a credible NDF has been carried out.”

 

Also in 2009, the National Museum, through its Director Corazon S. Alvina, commented on the importation of Solomon Island dolphins as follows:

 

“Based on the facts gathered and presented by Earth Island, if truth really prevails, the National Museum, being a scientific institution and an active member of Convention on the International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) firmly opposes this illicit activity. This must not be tolerated. Numerous negative consequences such as the spread of diseases possibly carried by these dolphins and threat to the survival of the species may occur. (emphasis added)

 

Thus, it is respectfully recommended that any activities regarding the importation of wildlife species be acted upon in accordance with both the Philippine Law (RA 9147) and CITES.”

 

ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO RE-EXPORT

 

Last year, the launch of the Save the Saddest Dolphins campaign postponed the departure of the dolphins.

 

On October 4, 2012, Earth Island Institute Philippines received a fax copy of a letter-order from the BFAR asking it to comment on an application for re-export of the dolphins in seven (7) days from receipt.

 

URGENT PRAYER

 

The petitioners urged the Regional Trial Court to:

 

1. Issue a Temporary Environment Protection Order (TEPO) ordering the respondents to refrain from re-exporting the captive dolphins and to any additional imports of dolphins into the country;

 

2. Direct respondents to permanently cease and desist from importing dolphins into the country and re-exporting those already in captivity in the Philippines.

 

3. Order the respondents to hold in custody the dolphins currently in Ocean Adventure until they are rehabilitated for release back into the wild and to eventually facilitate their release and return back into their native waters of the Solomon Islands.

 

4. Declare as null and void Import Permits for dolphins from Solomon Islands and

 

5. Direct the respondents to make periodic reports on the execution of the Court’s final decision on release of said dolphins.

 

 

jamalashley is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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