Change.org — Global campaign to free 25 dolphins being held for new exhibit goes viral
MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE ASK RESORT TO RELEASE DOLPHINS
Global campaign to free 25 dolphins being held for new exhibit goes viral on Change.org
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 100,000 people have joined a Change.org campaign urging Resorts World to free 25 dolphins destined to become the latest attraction at the company’s resort in Sentosa, Singapore.
The dolphins were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands and are being held in the Philippines while the new facility at Resorts World Sentosa is being built. Twenty-seven dolphins were originally captured, but two have already died.
Dolphin activist Barbara Napoles started the petition on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing social change platform, bringing the dolphins’ plight to the attention of tens of thousands of animal lovers and tourists.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has also been criticized by Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, and Chris Porter, the trafficker who originally sold the dolphins to the RWS, for its plans to exploit the animals. Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), a Singapore-based animal protection group, has gathered local and international support for the dolphins’ freedom with their Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins campaign.
“The lives of the remaining 25 dolphins lie in our hands and we need to take action,” said Louis Ng, Executive Director of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES). “We need to remember that these are 25 sentient beings who were quite recently living in the wild, vast, open oceans. The public has shown their strong support for the dolphins’ release and we are confident that an increasing number of people will sign the petition urging RWS to make a moral and ethical decision to let the dolphins go.”
Two years ago, Resorts World Sentosa responded to public outcry and canceled plans for a whale shark exhibit.
“The 100,000 people who have taken action on Change.org to free the 25 dolphins being held captive for Resorts World Sentosa are part of the growing movement against tourism that capitalizes on the mistreatment and exploitation of these intelligent marine mammals,” said Stephanie Feldstein, Senior Organizer at Change.org. “By freeing these dolphins, Resorts World Sentosa has the opportunity to become a leader in compassionate tourism.”
Live signature totals from the campaign on Change.org: