Group Tells Maharashtra CM That Ministry
of Environment and Forests, PETA, Other Animal Welfare Experts Want Plans for
Dolphin Park Stopped
For Immediate Release:
24 May 2012
Dr. Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382;
Archana Shekhawat +91 9820791929; ArchanaS@petaindia.org
Mumbai – A delegation from People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) India met with Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan yesterday evening to present a letter from the Ministry of
Environment and Forests (MoEF) objecting to plans to build a dolphin park in
Sindhudurg. The delegation also presented a dossier containing opposition to
the park (a Rs 510 crore project) from the Federation of Indian Animal
Protection Organisations, the Humane Society International and world-renowned
dolphin expert Ric O'Barry, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary The
Cove. The film, which exposed the cruelty of capturing dolphins and
confining them to marine parks, shocked the world. During the meeting, Minister
Chavan took serious notice of the MoEF objection.
"With the objections of the central government,
non-governmental organisations, animal welfare experts, and the local and
international public, it's high time for the Maharashtra government to shelve
plans for the ill-conceived Sindhudurg dolphin park", says Dr Manilal
Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs for PETA India. "If even a
fraction of the Rs 510 crore cost of the dolphin park project was instead
channelled towards helping endangered dolphins in nature, it would go a long
way in ensuring the protection of these intelligent animals."
In its letter, the MoEF points out that The Indian
Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, prohibits the hunting and capturing of wild
animals. The letter goes on to say that the Member Secretary of the Central Zoo
Authority (CZA) has stated that the "objective of the said water park does
not conform to the objective of its operation, i.e., conservation of wildlife,
as laid down under Rule 10 (1) of the Recognition of Zoo Rules, 2009" and
that "the operation of the Water Park for extracting performance out of
the animals shall also be [a] violation of Rules 10 (11) (2) of Recognition of
Zoo Rules, 2009." It adds that based on similar previous proposals, the
CZA has found that keeping dolphins and other marine animals in captivity leads
to their "inadequate care" and death because such facilities are not
prepared to care for them.
In their rightful ocean homes, dolphins inhabit a
vast and complex world. They establish close, cooperative and long-standing relationships.
They live in large, intricate social groups, swim together in family pods and
can travel up to 100 miles a day. Dolphins used in marine parks are violently
torn away from their families and confined to small tanks in which they can
swim in only mind-numbing circles. Most captive dolphins live to be only half
the age of wild dolphins.
Emory University scientists recently determined that
the cognitive capacity of dolphins is second only to that of humans. At the
annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the
world's largest science conference – experts in the fields of philosophy,
conservation and animal behaviour argued that dolphins should be treated as
nonhuman "persons" with their rights to life and liberty respected.
In Brazil and Costa Rica, it is illegal to use
marine mammals for entertainment. Israel has prohibited the importation of
dolphins for use in marine parks, and Canada no longer allows beluga whales to
be captured and exported. In the US, the state of South Carolina has banned
exhibits of whales and dolphins.
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