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Animal rights groups in Philippines resist export of wild dolphins to RWS

Published on Oct 19, 2012 4:04 PM
Mr Louis Ng, chief executive of ACRES speaking to the press about the next phase of their campaign to urge Resorts World Sentosa to return 27 dolphins that they have acquired at $60,000 each, back to the Solomon Islands. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

Environmental and animal rights groups in the Philippines are refusing to concede defeat in their fight to prevent 25 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins from being re-exported to the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

They plan to file an appeal today for the courts to re-consider their decision not to extend the 72-hour "temporary environmental protection order" granted last Friday, according to local animal rights group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres). The protection order expired on Wednesday, paving the way for the dolphins to leave the Philippines.

Acres executive director Louis Ng was speaking to reporters this morning at the launch of Acres new campaign to draw public attention to the plight of the dolphins.

Its website features a video that highlights the depletion of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin in the Guadalcanal region of the Solomon Islands. Members of the public can also send personal appeals directly to RWS from the site.

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