AR-News: DOLPHINS DYING - VERY URGENT ACTION ALERT
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Subject: DOLPHIN DYING - VERY URGENT ACTION ALERT
VERY URGENT ACTION ALERT
Australians for Animals ©
DESPERATE DOLPHIN SITUATION IN SOLOMON ISLANDS.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED.
40 dolphins and a calf are slowly dying of starvation and dehydration in a primitive seapen on Gavutu Island in the Solomons. These dolphins are in dire straits, and unless the Australian or New Zealand government takes urgent steps to immediately get food and veterinarian treatment to these animals, most will die in terrible circumstances.
After weeks of intense negotiation with Christopher Porter, the Canadian businessman (principal of the “Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre” responsible for the captures) - a group of local environmental activists was able to inspect dolphins held in a primitive seapen on Gavutu Island.
An eyewitness report from the team details horrific deprivation and suffering being inflicted on captured wild dolphins. The team report that most of the dolphins have injuries from constant fighting over food or from the handling when captured – that the waters are too shallow and the current too weak to flush out rubbish and faeces adequately.
A representative on the team gave the following report to Australians for Animals (AFA)
“Dolphins are lying motionless on the surface of the water, in their pens. Basically, they have little to eat and they’re struggling to survive in a polluted seapen cesspit. We were told the dolphins are being fed 8 kg. each a day. We don’t believe this is true. That’s almost half a tonne of fish a day that would be required by 40 adult dolphins – there’s no way locals could supply this amount of fish every day.
"One of our team inspected some of the dead fish being fed to the dolphins. They were very soft and spongey, it may be that the fish had been in a refrigerator for days.
"Whilst we were there, the dolphins were fed. We could see how hungry they were watching the feeding frenzy and fighting. The buckets holding the fish were not very clean.
"One dolphin was almost upright with its tail on the sea floor, its stomach distended. Another was being held in a pen on her own, we were told she was “ very aggressive “. She was motionless on the surface whilst we were there. We also noticed that many dolphins were shallow breathing, coughing and sneezing. They appeared to be very distressed."
Australians for Animals is monitoring the situation in the Solomon Islands on a daily basis, we are in constant contact and have been for weeks. We have repeatedly asked the Federal Government to arrange for a veterinary inspection, without success. Although Minister Kemp's office says that the dolphins have a high priority and that diplomatic discussions are ongoing, but the reality is that the dolphins are dying and still no help is at hand.
The most urgent and desperate need is for fish. It doesn't take a genius to work out the massive amount of fish needed to keep 40 adult dolphins fed. There's no way local villagers can net or acquire half a tonne of fish a day seven days a week.
Australian troops and the diplomat in charge of the interventionist forces can do something to relieve this situation. Someone in the Australian High Commission can be charged with the responsibility of organizing regular fish supplies until such time as the dolphins can be released.
Diplomats from all governments can make urgent representations to the SI government to intervene on humanitarian grounds.
Obviously, the dolphins need to be released. But before any release can happen they must be fed. These dolphins are facing a nightmare situation which can only be resolved by immediate Government intervention.
Fax Prime Minister John Howard and ask him to organize a rescue mission to Gavutu Island. His fax number is: 61 2 62 715 414 or 61 2 62 734 100. (Australia)
Email Prime Minister Helen Clark in New Zealand at :
pm at ministers.govt.nz
Australia and New Zealand are in a position to give immediate relief to the dolphins. AFA urges every group, every individual to get on the fax machine and computer and DELUGE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENTS WITH FAXES AND EMAILS.
The lives of these dolphins are in our hands. For further information, email AFA at: sarnold at byronit.com
Australians for Animals, PO Box 673, Byron Bay. NSW 2481 Australia.
PS: Mexico has now agreed to an Australian request not to import any more of the captured Dolphins. While that is a step in the right direction, that decision does nothing for the Dolphins dying the Solomon Islands nor to remove control of the illegally imported Dolphins in Mexico from Parque Nizuc.
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