31 Jul '11, 8pm

Where do (captive) dolphins come from?

Where do (captive) dolphins come from?

Solomon Islands allows the capture of live dolphins for sale to themed resorts. These resorts attract people with the promise of being able to swim with dolphins. Yet they don't advertise that these dolphins were captured thousands of miles away, kept in small pens for months on end, where many perish, and that many die after settling into their new artificial homes. Two years ago, the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) questioned whether Solomon Islands trade in its local bottlenose dolphins was sustainable. Alarm bells went off after Solomon Islands claimed that its trade was harmless despite a complete lack of data on baseline populations and compelling evidence that local populations are small and distinct, meaning that the harvest of even small numbers of dolphins can have a big impact on the survival of local popu...

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