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Bid to stop export of RWS dolphins fails in Philippines

Published on Oct 18, 2012 6:00 AM

MANILA - A Philippine court has denied a petition by animal welfare groups for a new temporary restraining order to stop 25 bottlenose dolphins from going to the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which is scheduled to open later this year.

A "temporary environmental protection order" granted last Friday by a court in Quezon City expired on Wednesday.

The request to renew the order was heard by a different judge, who ruled that there were no irregularities in how the dolphins were brought from the Solomon Islands to the Philippines, nor in their re-export to Singapore.

The Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources still needs to grant an export licence for the dolphins - brought here between 2008 and last year. The bureau was not available for comment on RWS' application for one.

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