Subject: Keep Dolphins Free in the Cayman Islands
From: "John Binns"
Date: Wed, December 14, 2005 11:40
The Keep Dolphins Free in the Cayman Islands (KDF) campaign group is appealing to the Cayman Islands government not to allow a proposed captive dolphin facility to be developed on the island. KDF urges a ban on the capture of dolphins and whales in Caymanian waters, as well as on the import or transshipment of the marine mammals.
The Cayman Islands Government is in the process of approving captive dolphin entertainment.
The group cites examples of governments that have banned the capture and export of wild dolphins, including the Solomon Islands, and the Bahamas. Countries in which existing facilities have been shut down or banned include Antigua, and Costa Rica. The Netherlands Antilles has adopted a policy of not issuing any new permits for captive dolphin facilities. No dolphin facilities have existed in the UK since 1992
The Marine Connection, a UK–based charity committed to working internationally for the care and protection of dolphins and whales reports that, “During capture dolphins get highly stressed and the capture processes can result in many deaths. There is evidence that moving a dolphin from one facility to another generates the same amount of stress as removing a dolphin from the wild.”
The IRCF encourages everyone to help Keep Dolphins Free in the Cayman Islands and participate in the Caymanian Compass poll: “Do you think the Cayman Islands should have a captive dolphin facility as a tourist attraction?”. Here is the web address: