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Saturday, 11th Jun 2011, by Green Animal Shelter & Sanctuary (GrASS)

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Dear friends,

25 wild dolphins are facing a tormented life of captivity because
Resorts World Sentosa wants a new attraction. But our global outcry
can make the whole project a public relations disaster, and secure
their freedom. Sign the petition to free the saddest dolphins, and
fight the wild-captured dolphin trade:

The pod was swimming peacefully in Samoa when nets closed in from
behind -- trapping 25 wild dolphins for a luxury resort's latest
exhibit. They are now locked in tiny pens, starved of food -- but we
can free them.

For wild dolphins captivity is torture, their powerful sonar bounces
off the walls back at them -- as if they are trapped in an endless
house of mirrors. Most die young from stress induced illness, but some
even commit suicide. If the wealthy Resorts World Sentosa succeeds in
keeping them captive then half the dolphins will die in the first 2
years -- and it will legitimise the widely banned  practice of
capturing dolphins in the wild. We can't let that happen -- let's use
our voices to set them free.

Resorts World was forced to abandon plans for a whale shark exhibit
two years ago because of the huge outcry that threatened their
reputation. Let's build a massive call now to free these intelligent,
beautiful creatures -- and make this a turning point in the fight to
end the global wild-dolphin trade. When we reach 500,000 our petition
will be delivered to Resorts World and the media. Sign now and forward
this to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/saddest_dolphins/?vl

The appallingly cruel wild-dolphin industry has been banned in nations
from the UK to Costa Rica. The terrifying capture process involves
driving the dolphins to shallow water, where up to half drown or die
of their injuries before they are even caught. If we force Resorts
World to free these wild dolphins now it will send a powerful message
to all other resorts, and help break the back of the capture industry.
We can also give these dolphins a second chance in life -- renowned
dolphin expert Ric O'Barry has offered to rehabilitate them back into
the wild.

Resorts World argues that their "interactive spa program" will help
heal sick and disabled children – but there is no scientific evidence
to support this technique, which sees desperate parents pay thousands
in pursuit of an imaginary cure. They also claim their programs aid
conservation – but dolphin capture drives are also hunting
expeditions. The "display-worthy" dolphins are spared, while the
others are butchered. By ordering wild-caught dolphins, Resorts World
is driving up demand for these barbaric hunts.

The trade of wild-captured dolphins must end. The world is moving
slowly but surely in this direction, and our intervention could set a
valuable precedent. Resorts World has buckled under pressure before,
and it can't afford another hit to its image. Let's join our voices
urgently to free the world's saddest dolphins, and win a crucial
battle in the fight to save all wild dolphins from short, miserable
lives in captivity. Sign now and send this to family and friends:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/saddest_dolphins/?vl

Wild dolphins are incredibly playful, social and caring, as well as
extremely intelligent -- they are utterly captivating creatures. In
the world we all wish for, dolphins are not hunted, trapped and broken
-- they are treated with the respect that all life deserves. Today, as
we work for their freedom, we are taking a small but important step
towards making that world a reality.


With hope,

Ricken, Ben, Morgan, Alice, Shibayan and the whole Avaaz team.


SOURCES

Wild caught dolphins for Resorts World Sentosa - SPCA says 'NO' to
dolphins in captivity
http://www.spca.org.sg/captivedolphins.html


The International Dolphin Dealers
http://www.iridescent-publishing.com/rtm/ch4p1.htm


Save the Saddest Dolphins campaign by local Singaporean group
http://www.saddestdolphins.com/


Dolphin Therapy
http://mundoazul.org/habitats-species/whales-and-dolphins/freedom-for-dolphins/dolphin-therapy/


In Opposition to Dolphin Captivity
http://animal.discovery.com/tv/blood-dolphins/dolphins/opposition-dolphins-captivity.html


Dolphins in captivity may commit suicide
http://www.thescavenger.net/animals/dolphins-in-captivity-may-commit-suicide.html


Is it cool to see dolphins at the zoo?
http://www.inkokomo.com/dolphin/captivity.html

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J.Scott


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