Resorts World in Singapore: More Action!

By Ric O’Barry

Campaign Director

Dolphin Project

Thanks to everyone who has taken action on The Saddest Dolphins Campaign, http://www.saddestdolphins.com .  Working with our partner, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), we have collected over half a million names protesting Resorts World Sentosa’s capture and continued confinement of 25 wild dolphins caught by the horrendous practice of herding dolphins onto the beach in the Solomon Islands!

Now it’s time to take it to the next level.  Please call or e-mail the Resorts World corporate offices and ask them to reconsider their plans and return these dolphins to the wild where they belong:

John Hallenbeck

VP Operations

65 6407 8833

[email protected]

Robin Goh

Media Contact

65 9093 5772

or

65 6577 9778

[email protected]

Be polite, but firm.  Encourage them to take their guests out on the open seas to watch dolphins and whales in the wild, rather than cruel captive-based swim-with-programs. They have an opportunity to do the right thing here and be a shining beacon of what’s possible.  I have to believe that they would be far more successful in their operations if they avoid the easy buck and show themselves to be responsible and green!

 

Next please call or e-mails their shareholders:

Genting Overseas Holdings Limited

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

Executive Director/Chairman

852 2317 7133

 

Tan Hee Teck

CEO of RWS / Genting Board

852 2317 7133

 

Justin Tan Wah Joo

Board Managing Director

852 2317 7133

 

Tjong Yik Min

Board of Directors

852 2317 7133

 

Peter Malcolm Brooks

UK Executive Deputy Chairman

44 207 518 0572

 

DMG & Partners Securities Pte Ltd

Terence Wong

Executive Director/Chairman

65 6533 1818  or 65 6438 8810

 

United Overseas Bank Nominees Pte Ltd 

Wee Cho Yaw

Executive Director/Chairman

65 6533 9898

 

HL Bank Nominees (S) Pte. Ltd.

YBhg Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan

Executive Director/Chairman

03-2164 8228

 

Bank of Singapore Nominees Pte. Ltd

Ambrose Law

Executive Director/Chairman

65 6223 9266

Here are some potential talking points:

I’m calling in regard to Resorts World Sentosa’s capture and confinement of 25 wild dolphins.  Resorts World claims to want the dolphins for therapeutic purposes.  There is no such thing.  There is absolutely no evidence that swim-with-dolphins programs work, yet there is overwhelming evidence that dolphins suffer greatly from a life in captivity.  Dolphins are highly intelligent, sensitive and socially aware mammals.  Capturing and keeping them confined in small tanks is the equivalent of torture.  Two dolphins have already died in the two-year process of getting them to the Resorts World facility.  Additionally the dolphins were taken from the Solomon Islands.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has stated that import and export of Bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands should not take place, as it might be detrimental to the survival of this species in this part of the world.  Moreover, these particular dolphins were taken from the gruesome and barbaric drive fisheries, a particularly inhumane method of capturing wild dolphins.

Capturing dolphins from the wild for entertainment purposes is unacceptable.  Please consider pulling funding from Resorts World until they change their highly unethical business practices.

 

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of dolphins!  I am very grateful for your taking action.

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About Ric O'Barry

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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.

In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.

Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.

O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.

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