ACTIONS AND CALLS FROM 

ECOP - marine

 

- ECOP - ACTION -

BOYCOTT CANADIAN SEAFOOD

The Canadian commercial seal kill is the largest slaughter of Marine Mammals in the world. This year over 300,000 seals - mostly pups less than 2 months old - were bludgeoned, shot, and skinned to feed the whims and the greed of the fur fashion and exotic leather industries, and their customers. Canada's commercial seal kill is all about money.

WHALE EMERGENCY ALERT: US must Stop RMS ! 

(February 28, 2005)  -pls distribute far and wide - especially into the USA

- ECOP - ACTION -

IN DEFENCE OF THE WHALES,
THE CHIEFLY PEOPLES OF THE OCEAN WORLD !

- ACTION ALERT - 

Massive, Violent Dolphin Hunt

- ANIMALS NIGHTMARE -

Don't let your dream holiday be an animals' nightmare

- FREEDOM -

FOR THE MANATI DOLPHINS !

GREAT OPPOSITION 

AGAINST WWF POLICY CONCERNING SEALHUNTING

REPORTS

IWC - REPORTS - 2002 - 2003

INTELLIGENCE   ATTRACTS   INTELLIGENCE

Japanese Intellect Destroys Intelligent Life!

 

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ACTIONS AND CALLS

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BOYCOTT CANADIAN SEAFOOD

Please participate in
THE CANADIAN SEAFOOD BOYCOTT

Canadian Sealkill © ECOTERRA Intl./dh

 

The Canadian commercial seal kill is the largest slaughter of Marine Mammals in the world. This year over 300,000 seals - mostly pups less than 2 months old - were bludgeoned, shot, and skinned to feed the whims and the greed of the fur fashion and exotic leather industries, and their customers. Canada's commercial seal kill is all about money.

The goal of the global Canadian Seafood Boycott and our task is to take the profits out of sealing, i.e. that for every year the seal kill continues it directly costs those who kill the seals 50 to 100 times more than what they earn from the commercial seal kill. Let's kill the profits and the Canadian Government, the sealing industry as well as the fishing industry will terminate the seal culling.

Please act and participate NOW in the "Canadian Seafood Boycott":  individually, collectively - as charity, restaurant owner, seafood retailer, etc.

Please go to the ECOP-marine webpage http://www.ecop.info/e-news/e-call-6.htm or alternatively the Canadian Seafood Boycott - What you can do page to see your options and what to do, and how to help in ending the Canadian commercial seal kill once and for all.

Write your protests to Canadian politicians and representatives of the Fishing industry:
(Anti-seal-Kill postcards for your protest and ready for printing were provided by ECOP's Diana Hartig, a graphic artist, can be downloaded for distribution from http://www.sealhunt.ca/Diana_seal_card.pdf)

Here’s a list with target addresses for your protest mails (pls write to ALL):
(more on http://www.sealhunt.ca/Contact_information.html)

Please be very clear on two points:

a) You oppose any killing of seals, especially of baby seals.
b) You will boycott Canadian marine and other products until the seal slaughter is officially and permanently stopped and the stop independently verified.

 

****  IN CANADA ****

The Right Honorable Paul Martin
Office of the Prime Minister

Parliament Buildings,
Wellington Street
Ottawa,
Ontario K1A 0A6
Canada

Fax: 613-941-6900
E-Mail: pm@pm.gc.ca  or Martin.P@parl.gc.ca

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The Honourable Geoff Regan
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

200 Kent Street
Ottawa,
Ontario ON K1A 0E6
Canada

E-Mail: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

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Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
St. John's,
NL
Canada

E-mail: tourisminfo@gov.nl.ca 

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PLEASE send a special E-MAIL THIS "NICE" PERSON AND TELL HIM WHAT YOU THINK OF HIS ATTITUDE:

The Honourable John Efford, MP
Minister of Natural Resources Canada
(former Newfoundland Fisheries Minister)

QUOTE:

"Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the six million... whatever number is out there, killed or sold, or destroyed or burned. I do not care what happens to them. What they (the fishermen) wanted was to have the right to go out and kill the seals. They have that right, and the more they kill the better I will love it."

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The Honourable John Efford, MP 
Minister of Natural Resources Canada
House of Commons, 
Parliament Buildings 
Ottawa, 
Ontario K1A 0A6 
Canada
Telephone: 613-992-4133, 
Fax: 613-992-7277 

E-mail: efford.j@parl.gc.ca 

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Various members of the Central Government:

bnato@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

poecd@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
perm@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
Keddy.G@Parl.gc.ca
;
wshdc-prmoas@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
genev-gvwto@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
pesco@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
prmny@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
bcm@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
;
tourisminfo@gov.nl.ca
;
Thibault.R@parl.gc.ca
;
Hearn.L@parl.gc.ca
;
ctx_feedback@ctc-cct.ca
;
efford.j@parl.gc.ca
 

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The Honorable Trevor Taylor 
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Petten Building
Prince Phillip Parkway
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, 
NL A1B 4J6 
Canada

E-mail: trevortaylor@gov.nl.ca  

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Newfoundland & Labrador Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture 

Petten Building
30 Strawberry Marsh Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, 
NL A1B 4J6
Canada

Rex C. Matthews, Regional Director
Nelson Higdon, Regional Director
Joe Kennedy, Regional Director
Craig Taylor, Regional Director 

E-mails: 
rmatthews@gov.nl.ca
;
craigtaylor@gov.nl.ca
;
joekennedy@gov.nl.ca
;
rhigdon@gov.nl.ca
  

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The Honourable Edward Moxon Roberts
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador 

Government House
Military Road
P.O. Box 5517
St. John's, 
Newfoundland A1C 5W4
Canada

Fax: 709-729-2234 

E-mail: governmenthouse@gov.nl.ca  

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The Honourable Ed Byrne 
Minister of Natural Resources, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Natural Resources Building
5th floor
Elizabeth Ave
PO Box 8700
St. John's 
NL A1B 4J6 

E-mail: EByrne@gov.nl.ca 

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Various members of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador: 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY of NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR 

P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, 
NL A1B 4J6 
Canada

E-mails: 
daisyparsons@gov.nl.ca
;
PercyBarrett@gov.nl.ca
;
Joanburke@gov.nl.ca
;
RolandButler@gov.nl.ca

JackByrne@gov.nl.ca
;
CollinsR@gov.nl.ca
;
davedenine@gov.nl.ca
;
RFitzgerald@gov.nl.ca
;
judyfoote@gov.nl.ca
;
Terryfrench@gov.nl.ca
;
kathygoudie@gov.nl.ca
;
HarryHarding@gov.nl.ca
;
jackharris@gov.nl.ca
;
THedderson@gov.nl.ca
;
JHickey@gov.nl.ca
;
jimhodder@gov.nl.ca
;
RHunter@gov.nl.ca
;
clydejackman@gov.nl.ca
;
CharleneJohnson@gov.nl.ca
;
yvonnejones@gov.nl.ca
;
eddiejoyce@nf.aibn.com
;
OLangdon@gov.nl.ca
;
BethMarshall@gov.nl.ca
;
tommarshall@gov.nl.ca
;
Kevinobrien@gov.nl.ca
;
sosborne@gov.nl.ca
;
JOttenheimer@gov.nl.ca
;
GerryReid@gov.nl.ca
;
hynesa@gov.nl.ca
;
BobRidgley@gov.nl.ca
;
PShelley@gov.nl.ca
;
ShawnSkinner@gov.nl.ca
;
lsullivan@gov.nl.ca
;
GSweeney@gov.nl.ca
;
annathistle@gov.nl.ca
;
dianne.whalen@gov.nl.ca
;
rosswiseman@gov.nl.ca
;
WallyYoung@gov.nl.ca
;

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Newspapers – please CC: 

letters@thegazette.canwest.com
;
spnews@thesp.com
;
Newsroom@GlobeandMail.ca
;
globalnews.winnipeg@globaltv.ca
;
letters@thetelegram.com
;
tabtips@pacpress.southam.ca
;
sunnewstips@pacpress.southam.ca
;
letters@theherald.canwest.com
;
city@thejournal.canwest.com
;
queries@nationalpost.com
;
globalnews.tor@globaltv.com
;
newsroom@herald.ns.ca
;
swhite@cp.org
;
ptasko@cp.org
;
ploong@cp.org
;
dhooper@cp.org
;
newsonline@ctv.ca
;

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**** OUTSIDE CANADA ****



CANADIAN EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE: 

List of all locations in Europe: 

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/canadaeuropa/canadaeuropa_missions-en.asp  

List of all locations in worldwide: 

A-L: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Canada/Canada1.html 
M-Z: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Canada/Canada1_a.html 


United Kingdom 

Canadian High Commission in London 
High Commissioner Mel Cappe 

Macdonald House 
1 Grosvenor Square 
London, W1K 4AB 
UK 

Tel: 020 7258 6600 
Fax: 020 7258 6333 

Website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/canadaeuropa/united_kingdom/menu-en.asp  
E-mail: ldn-td@international.gc.ca  (Trade commission) 


USA

Canadian Embassy 
The Hon. Frank McKenna, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America 

Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, 
DC 20001
USA 

Tel.: 202-682-1740 
Fax: 202-682-7701 

Website: http://www.canadianembassy.org/homepage/index-en.asp  
E-mail: canada@canadianembassy.org  


EUROPEAN UNION 

Mission of Canada to the European Union, Brussels 
Ambassador K.B. Kinsman 

Tel.: 02-741.06.80 
Fax: 02-741.06.23 

Website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/canadaeuropa/EU/menu-en.asp  
E-mail: jeremy.kinsman@international.gc.ca  


NEW ZEALAND 

Canadian High Commission 
The Honorable John F. Donaghy, High Commissioner 

Website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/newzealand/menu-en.asp 
E-mail: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/common/contact_us-en.asp?subject=Other&form=1  


AUSTRALIA

The Canadian Consulate General in Sydney 
The Honorable L. Richard Kohler, Consul General 

Level 5
111 Harrington Street
Sydney 
NSW 2000
Australia

General Tel: (02) 9364-3000
General Fax: (02) 9364-3098
Trade Fax: (02) 9364-3097 

Website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/australia/contact-en.asp#sydney 
E-mail: sydny@international.gc.ca 

or 

Canadian High Commission 

Commonwealth Avenue
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia 

General Tel: (02) 6270-4000 or 01 (613) 944-9136 (TTY)
General Fax: (02) 6273-3285
Consular Fax: (02) 6270-4081 or (02) 6270-4060
Trade Fax: (02) 6270-4069
Public Affairs Fax: (02) 6270-4083

Website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/australia/canadianhigh-en.asp 
Email: cnbra@international.gc.ca 

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ECOTERRA Intl. 


  

ALERT

Massive, Violent Dolphin Hunt

Clock Ticks Against Captured Marine Mammals

BOSTON-- The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) expressed deep concern today for the  welfare of dozens of dolphins captured and confined in small pens by local fisherman in the Solomon Islands,  north of Australia. Here’s what we know so far:

Countless dolphins have been taken in the last few weeks, as the result of a $400 bounty placed on their heads  by a foreign business group. Local fishermen have been rounding up animals by the dozen, which the syndicate  is rumored to be collecting and training for shipment overseas. At least 60 animals are currently being held on the island of Gela and locals say that dozens more are confined in other locations.

Adding to WSPA’s alarm are reports of the conditions that the animals are forced to endure. Media accounts  tell of inexperienced fisherman literally ripping animals from the water. And many of the captured must travel for  hours by open boat to their holding pens. For a water-borne creature, the long ride is excruciating, as its  internal organs are slowly crushed by its immense weight. Questions surround the legality of this hunt.

One captured dolphin has already been killed by a crocodile and WSPA experts expect that the death toll will rise from stress-induced illness, improper care and malnutrition as dolphins battle for the scarce food supply.

According to Richard O’Barry, WSPA Marine Mammal Specialist and former trainer of TV’s Flipper, "The  large number of animals is extremely difficult to manage, especially if you don’t have the right medicines, equipment and staff. It appears that the animals are in very crowded conditions, which is also of concern
because this can lead to stress and aggression. Another thing to consider is that it takes thousands of pounds of fish - per day - to feed so many dolphins. Either the dolphins are going hungry, which I suspect is happening anyway in this chaotic environment, or the Solomons are strip mining their seas of fish."

Dolphins have long been a cherished part of the Solomon Islands’ cultural heritage. Many of the animals are being taken from waters off the island of Malaita, where dolphin teeth are part of traditional bridal dowry ceremonies. And in other areas, it is taboo to harm a dolphin, based on the ancient belief that humans with mystical powers could transform themselves into sea creatures.

While the fate of the dolphins is at the forefront of this crisis, this situation may also speak volumes about the plight facing the Solomon Islands itself. With the political system in disorder, many see this as yet another example of the country being taken advantage of by foreign profiteers, its natural resources plundered and its cultural heritage cast aside.

A UN-recognized animal protection charity, WSPA’s network of veterinarians and marine mammal rescue experts is on stand-by to advise the government on this crisis.

"This situation is already problematic and will only spiral out of control," says O’Barry. "Given the special status of dolphins in the local culture, I hope that the government will move soon to stop the dolphins-for-dollars scheme and end the suffering."

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YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED !

Thanks for your caring and readiness to help

First thing you can do is:
Please write a short, respectful message asking the government
of the Solomones and ask them to stop these captures immediately,
and release the survivers back into the wild.

You should address them to:

Honorable Nelson Kile
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
P.O. Box G13
Honiara
Solomon Islands
Telephone: (+677) 39143 or (+677) 30107
Facsimile: (+677) 38730
Email: sbfish@ffa.int

Honorable David Holosivi
Ministry of Forestry, Environment and Conservation
P.O. Box G24
Honiara
Solomon Islands
Telephone: (+677) 25848 or (+677) 22453
Facsimile: (+677) 22825
Email: kdfmp@welkham.solomon.com.sb

Copy your mails to us. We collect them and will present them
also to the Permanent Representative of the Solomones at the
United Nations Environment Programme UNEP in Nairobi.

Second: Contact the diplomatic mission of the Salomon Islands
State in your country (pls find their contact via google or yahoo).

Thirdly: Pls network all the information to your local newspapers
and networks, friends etc. in order to help the issue being discussed
worldwide, especially in the upcoming political developments in
that country.

Last but not least: Pls tell us if you could be part (fontline or
backstopping) of an intervention group, which is gearing up from
our node in Cairns / Australia for a more pro-active operation or
which other possibilities you have to support the cause: To free
all those dolphins and to get the group, which triggered the
capture frenzy.

ECOTERRA Intl.
24h Emergency Call: +254-714-747-090 or -733-633-733

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TWO FURTHER PIECES FYI:

Cash Starved Islanders Capture Dolphins for Bounty

BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 11, 2003 (ENS) - Animal advocates at the
U.S. branch of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
are worried about the welfare of dozens of dolphins captured and
confined in small pens by local fishermen in the Solomon Islands, north
of Australia.

The Melbourne newspaper, “The Age,” reported Monday that villagers have
been capturing dozens of dolphins and taking them to holding pens in
exchange for a rumored A$400 cash bounty offered for each animal by a
foreign business group.

The islands have been in political upheaval for several years, and
economic times are tough for island residents, making the bounty money
appear especially attractive.

In the Solomon Islands, the legal position in relation to catching
dolphins is unclear as dolphins are part of the islands’ cultural
heritage. Many of the animals are being taken from waters off the island

of Malaita, where dolphin teeth are part of traditional bridal dowry
ceremonies.

In other areas, it is taboo to harm a dolphin, based on the ancient
belief that humans with mystical powers could transform themselves into
sea creatures.

Still, least 60 animals are currently being held on the island of Gela,
off the capital of Honiara, and locals say that dozens more are confined
in other locations.

WSPA animal experts fear the dolphins are being harmed by transportation

for hours by open boat to their holding pens. “For a water borne
creature, the long ride is excruciating, as its internal organs are
slowly crushed by its immense weight,” the organization said.

According to Richard O’Barry, WSPA marine mammal specialist and former
trainer of TV’s Flipper, “The large number of animals is extremely
difficult to manage, especially if you don’t have the right medicines,
equipment and staff. It appears that the animals are in very crowded
conditions, which is also of concern because this can lead to stress and
aggression.”

It takes thousands of pounds of fish per day to feed so many dolphins,
O’Barry said. “Either the dolphins are going hungry, which I suspect is
happening anyway in this chaotic environment, or the Solomons are strip
mining their seas of fish.”

One captured dolphin has already been killed by a crocodile and WSPA
experts expect that the death toll will rise from stress induced
illness, improper care and malnutrition as dolphins battle for the
scarce food supply.

Greenpeace’s representative in Honiara, Geoffrey Dennis, told “The Age”
of that he is concerned about the environmental damage caused by using
dynamite to catch large numbers of fish to feed the penned dolphins.

“This situation is already problematic and will only spiral out of
control,” says O’Barry. “Given the special status of dolphins in the
local culture, I hope that the government will move soon to stop the
dolphins-for-dollars scheme and end the suffering.”

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2003. All Rights Reserved.

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Solomons salvation nears
July 11 2003
By Jim Baynes


Australian troops are likely to be heading to the Solomon Islands within

a fortnight after Honiara yesterday agreed to invite a 2000-member
intervention force to the troubled nation.

After two days of lengthy debate, the Solomons parliament endorsed
Australia’s invitation to lead a military and police force to end
lawlessness in the South Pacific archipelago.

The preliminary approval means the policy document will today be checked

by a parliamentary committee before a formal vote is taken.

Legislation to provide legal backing for foreign police and soldiers
will also have to be passed.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday he would give the
go-ahead for the intervention force once legislation was approved.

Diplomatic sources say the expected date for the arrival of an advanced
guard is July 24, although a team of Australian and New Zealand police
and military officers are already on the ground.

Lawmaker and former prime minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu thanked
Australia for offering to come to the stricken nation’s aid, and blamed
former colonial power Britain for the Solomons’ troubles.

“Colonial man forced us to be united. So when he left, we broke up,” he
said.

The Solomon Islands police chief said the international force was
essential to prop up the near bankrupt nation.

Police Commissioner William Morrell said most of the 480,000 Solomon
islanders would welcome the force because of the “continuous undermining
of government”.

“I think they have been reassured about the motives for the military
element of the intervention force,” he said.

Conflict between ethnic groups from different islands in the country has
led to a legal and social breakdown. Hundreds of armed thugs operate
around the capital, committing murder, extortion, robbery and kidnapping
- with little fear of capture or punishment.

The parliamentary vote came amid reports that Solomon Islands renegade
leader Harold Keke has attacked two more villages. Keke, a former
policeman, has led a group of people on a rampage on the remote
Weathercoast on the main island of Guadalcanal. Over the past year, they

have killed 50 people. He claims to have personally executed a cabinet
minister who has not since been seen.

The intervention force is expected to confiscate weapons, help reform
the police, strengthen the court and prison systems and protect key
institutions such as the finance ministry.

While the 42 lawmakers present yesterday unanimously backed the
intervention force, there had been some criticism from another former
prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, that the plan was an attempt to
“re-colonise” the former British protectorate.

Having endorsed intervention, parliament still needs to pass a law
allowing the force to operate within the Solomons, about 3800 kilometres
north-east of New Zealand. That is expected by the end of next week,
when parliament’s session is due to end.

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ECOTERRA, ECOP, Cetacea Defence and the Captive
Animals' Protection Society are asking local ar groups to hold
information days at airports during July 1-8th
World Week For Captive Dolphins.

'Adopt an Airport' - worldwide campaign
If there is not an airport close by, we are asking groups to
do an information stall in their town centre:
On Holiday?
- don't support animal Cruelty!

We are asking that people, who are bound for foreign countries,
are made aware that they should not patronise dolphin shows,
circuses, zoos or have their picture taken with animals such as
dolphins, chimps or snakes.

We are asking you to adopt an airport on at least one
day during 1-8th July. We all acknowledge that it is important
to tackle this issue, where as an example a significant market to
Sea World is the UK one (estimated some years ago at 15-20%).

A special flyer and poster will be available from Cetacea Defence .
CAPS will supply their leaflets and posters on request at cost price.

ECOTERRA is sending you already a flyer (attached), which shall
be ditributed to all holiday makers bound for the Dominican Republic.
(pls request other language versions - german, french, spanish - from
ECOTERRA).

Please let us know of your interest. Since animals in Shows, Zoos and
Circus ventures continue to suffer, the message to holidaymakers is:
Don't let your dream holiday be an animals' nightmare,
BOYCOTT ANIMAL ABUSE !

http://www.ecoterra.net 
http://www.ecop.info 
http://www.cetaceadefence.org 
http://www.captiveanimals.org/index.htm


WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER - PLEASE PRINT THE FLYER
BELOW AND MAKE SURE EVERY TOURIST BOUND
FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RECEIVES IT !
THANKS (and pls send your direct action report to Ecoterra!
A Wild Dolphin Holiday is waiting for the most active couple!)

Click here for the Manati - Flyer ( as Word.Doc.) !

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FREEDOM FOR THE MANATI DOLPHINS !

YOU WANT TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS IN PUNTA CANA - BAVARO / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ?

BEWARE OF MANATI PARK BAVARO ! BOOK ONLY RECOMENDED HOTELS!

(list see below)

PLEASE HELP TO DISTRIBUTE THE FOLLOWING TOURIST ALERT AND THE LIST OF RECOMMENDED HOTELS - also feel free to make double sided copies and distribute them along the beaches and in the hotels –

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU BOOK and consult this List of Fame and Shame:

A) THE GOOD

These Hotels have terminated business with Manati Park and registered their protest against the illegal capture of dolphins as well as their support of the demand to close the Manati Park dolphin facilities. 

WE RECOMMEND:

Riu Melao

Riu Naiboa

Riu Palace Macao

Riu Taino

LTI Punta Cana Beach Resort

We applaud also the Community of Bayahibe and the Community of Boca de Chavón for their proactive stand against Manati Park and their nature conservation efforts.

B) THE BAD

WE CAN NOT RECOMMEND:

a) These Hotels have expressed their understanding for the terrible situation or registered their protest against Manati Park, but they continue themselves or allow within their premises business as usual with Manati Park (this is based on clear and proven reports by our independent investigators).

Iberostar Bavaro

Iberostar Dominicana

Iberostar Punta Cana

Bavaro Princess All Suites & Resort

Occidential Flamenco Bavaro

Fiesta Bavaro

Fiesta Beach/Palace Resort

Fiesta Dominican Hotel

H10 Bavaro Resort

Barcelo Villas de Bavaro

Barcelo Bavaro Village

Barcelo Bavaro Ocean Village

Barcelo Bavaro Palace

Barcelo Bavaro Beach

Barcelo Bavaro Casino

Barcelo Bavaro Garden

Barcelo Bavaro Golf

Natura Park Resort

Allegro Resort Bavaro

Melia Caribe

Melia Tropical

b) The management of these hotels is ignorant, their activities unclear  and they have not responded at all.

Secrets Excellence Resort Punta Cana

Hodelpa Caribe Club

Carabela Bavaro Beach Resort

Catalonia Bavaro Resort

Club Med

Punta Cana Beach Resort

 

C) THE UGLY

WE WOULD NEVER LET THOSE HOTELS HAVE OUR TOURIST DOLLARS:

These Hotels have not registered any protest against Manati Park, continue to have business with Manati Park or even support their activities.

Sirenis Tropical & Cocotal Beach Resort

Breezes Punta Cana Spa & Casino Beach Resort

 

D) THE DEADLY
PROTEST AGAINST AND AVOID THEM WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM !!!

… and it is a SCANDAL that European taxpayers money was misused by the EU to finance  them.

Manati Park Bavaro

President & Manager: Sr. Jose Miguel Moreno Nigorra

Ctra. Manati, s/n Bavaro/Higüey

Republica Dominica

Tel. 001-809-221 94 44

Fax. 001-809-221 92 82

e-mail: manatipark@codetel.net.do 

Manati Park mother company:

Inversiones Arrecife

President: Sr.Jose Miguel Moreno Nigorra,

resides at: Plaza Espana 1, Atico A

07002 Palma de Mallorca /SPAIN

Tel. 0034-971-712 185

Fax. 0034-971-726 947

 

UNCLEAR

We do up to now have no feedback for the following hotels and would ask tourists for reporting if they notice advertisment for Manati Park in those hotels, which clearly have expressed their intent to stop any cooperation with Manati Park.  (Please send any credible information and updates to: office[AT]ecoterra.net !) :

Paradisus Punta Cana

Sunscape Punta Cana Grand

This list might change over time since more and more Hotels stop to have any affiliation with Manati Park.

PLEASE JOIN THE WORLDWIDE PROTEST AND HELP TO FREE THE DOLPHINS OF MANATI PARK -  WRITE YOUR PROTEST E-MAIL NOW!

(details below)

Update February 2003

For the first time in history of the Dominican Republic the civil society of the Dominican Republic in the defence of dolphins take on the owner of Manati Park and the State in a lawsuit. The Dominican lawyer who represents the community of Bayahibe and the Dominican Academy of Science informed that the Dominican State has ratified the Cartagena Convention and supported petitions before the Senators and legislators asking them to dictate resolutions to prevent alert and reject dolphin capture in this country.

The civil society of the Dominican Republic fighting for the freedom of the dolphins deserves all our respect and support.

PLEASE SUPPORT THEM BY SENDING ALSO YOUR PROTEST TO THE AUTHORITIES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

We therefore also ask YOU to support the efforts of the local communities to free the dolphins of Manati Park Bavaro, to urgently demand that this mistreatment has to be stopped immediately and Manati Park can no longer make money out of the suffering of these animals. We ask that the remaining dolphins are returned to the areas from which they were captured or rehabilitated in a natural environment.

Please address your protest ( Sample letter below but please feel encouraged to modify it with your own words. The text HAS TO BE in ENGLISH or even preferable in SPANISH ) to:

Lic. Jose Antonio Trinidad Sena 

Procurador

(in absence of a direct e-mail address please send to:)

freemanatidolphins@gmx.net 

e-mails will be handed over directly)

 

H.E. the Honourable

Presidente del Estado

Mr. Hipolito Meja

Fax: 001-809- 686-7830

e-mail: prensa@presidencia.gov.do 

 

To Sr. Frank Moya Pons

Secretaria de Estado de Medio Ambiente y de Recursos Naturales (Minister of Environment)

Fax: 001-809- 540-2667 or Fax 001-809-540-7561

e-mail: medioambiente@codetel.net.do 

or         agil@medioambiente.gov.do

 

 

Sr.Rafael Subervi Bonilla

Secretario de Estado de Turismo (Minister of Tourism)

Fax. 001-809 682-3806

e-mail: rafaelsubervi@sectur.gov.do 

  Copy to: freemanatidolphins@gmx.net and marine[AT]ecop.info

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Manati Park is a zoo-like establishment in the Dominican Republic / Punta Cana offering disgusting swim-with-dolphins programs. Five bottlenose dolphins are confined in a very small chlorinated pool.  The size of the pool is alarmingly inadequate for dolphins who typically swim up to forty miles a day in the wild. The dolphins are forced to participate in swim-with-dolphins program three times per day,  seven days a week. They are also made to perform in the arena twice per day, seven days a week. They are forced to pose for pictures outside the water in the scorching sun and their slavers allow 200 customers per day to cling to their pectoral fins while they have to circle around the pool. They have to, since they are fodder-dependent.

Since its establishment the dolphins facilities of Manatí Park, Bavaro has been criticised by experts and visitors alike in relation to the conditions dolphins are kept: Small and barren cement captive pools, the quality of the water, lack of refuge or sanctuary facilities, but of particular concern is  the handling of the Swim with Dolphins Program by which the dolphins have intense hours of interactions with visitors and due to its cruel outline have shown already aggressive behaviour against some tourists. The mortality rate of dolphins at this facility has been difficult to evaluate, due to the lack of information given by the authorities, but at least 3 dead dolphins are documented.

Tour Operators and Hotels stopped co-operation and international media aired shocking reports even showing a dolphin attacking a child in the pool because he was so overworked. VISA International, Nestle and Pepsi Cola, originally mentioned as sponsors of Manati Park, ordered and achieved that their logos had to be removed from the Manati Park brochures and billboards. The only remaining advertiser affiliated to Manati Park is the local bottled water company ATLANTA, which is now boycotted by most tourists and local communities.

The History of Dolphin Slavery at Manati Park

1995:

Manati Park was opened in 1995. In November 1995, the government of the Dominican Republic through its Department of Wildlife of the Secretariat within the Ministry of Agriculture, granted a permit to capture 10 bottlenose dolphins in local waters.

1996:

According to a document provided by Manati Park and dated November 14, 1996, two dolphins out of the permitted quota of 10 were captured in local waters. According to the 1996 annual report of CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) four dolphins were imported from Cuba.

1999:

Additional two dolphins were imported from Cuba (CITES annual report 1999)

As a summary it is herewith documented, that between 1996-1999 eight wild dolphins have been provided for Manati Park.

2002:

January 2002:

Only five dolphins survived at the park, thus indicating the death of three dolphins since 1996. However it is presumed that the information is incomplete and that the death rate much higher than the one official stated by Manati Park.Despite the poor living conditions and extreme level of exploitation of the dolphins during the swim program, the Ministry for Natural Resources, Sr. Frank Moya Pons, in January 2002 granted permission to Manati Park to utilise the original capture permission issued in November 1995, though in the meantime the laws had changed in the Dominican Republic. Every new capture done now therefore violates the national Dominican Republic Law 64-00 Article 175 promulgated on August 18, 2000, which prohibits the capture of protected species. A separate article in this law in particular even states that permits are not valid if they are contrary to the principles of the Law.

August 2002:

In August 2002 Manati Park used this illegal permit and captured another eight dolphins in national waters at a location near the village of Bayahibe, on the east coast of the D.R.. Besides the violation of Law 64-00  this capture was done in the specifically protected area of a national park, the Parque Nacional del Este. The illegal capture therefore violates also the regulations of the national park. None of the local contacts up to now knows where the eight dolphins are being held – Manati Park refuses to give information – and their whereabouts are unknown to the public since their August capture. Attempts to capture more dolphins in August faced the protest of different sectors of society, specifically the communities near the park and the local environmental and tourist organisations and more captures could herewith be avoided.

December 2002

The inspection by experts from the “Human Society of the United States” reports that „the facility is perhaps one of the worst we have ever seen. There are standard concrete tanks, all the tank walls had algal growth on them – the cleaning schedule appears insufficient to keep the growth to a minimum.  The paint is chipping and all the metal in the tanks and on the gates was rusting.  The holding tanks were separated from the primary enclosure by wooden gates – this is not optimal (the gates should be stainless steel), as wood can harbour dangerous levels of bacteria, even after cleaning.  The animals are fed fish held in plastic-lined, Styrofoam coolers – this is also not optimal (the fish should be held in stainless steel pails), for the same reasons.  We could not see the quality of the fish from our vantage point. The music accompanying the performance was exceptionally loud. The show also had no educational content – it was purely entertainment.“

2003:

January 2003:

The lawyer of the Academy of Science, files a denunciation with the Ministry of Environment, citing violations of the SPAW Protocol of the Cartagena Convention and the domestic environmental statute, #64-00.  The plaintiffs are the local Marine Mammal Group Fundemar, the community of Bayahibe where the illegal captures took place, and the Academy of Science of the Dominican Republic.

As there are no known norms or  regulations for marine mammals in captivity in the Dominican Republic local institutions have suggested, on several opportunities, to the environmental authorities the need of these measures in order to protect the species and to comply with the requirements  of the various international conventions which the Dominican Republic has subscribed. There is no public research on population and distribution studies of Tursiops truncatus in Dominican waters.

A national and international movement of  protest has been organizsed to  free the dolphins initiated by the joint community groups of Bayahibe ( City council, church, environmental groups, etc.) intellectuals, scientists and lawyers from the Dominican Academy of Science and of course, representatives of local protection societies.

February 2003

For the first time in history of the Dominican Republic the civil society of the Dominican Republic in the defence of dolphins take on the owner of Manati Park and the State in a lawsuit. The Dominican lawyer who represents the community of Bayahibe and the Dominican Academy of Science informed that the Dominican State has ratified the Cartagena Convention and supported petitions before the Senators and legislators asking them to dictate resolutions to prevent alert and reject dolphin capture in this country.

The civil society of the Dominican Republic fighting for the freedom of the dolphins deserves all our respect and support.

WEBMASTERS / LISTOWNERS: Please feel free to post the information and the list on your website or mailing list and inform us respectively in order to also be furnished with the updates, which are based on a continuous flow of documented reports from the Dominican Republic.

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS: Please make copies and distribute them  politely to the travellers at the respective airport counters especially in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, München, Madrid, Miami, Bruxelles, Paris, London, Roma and Wien, from where most charter flights start to the DR. Speak to your local travel agent and make them aware! Feedback to: office[AT]@ecoterra.net 

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GREAT OPPOSITION AGAINST WWF POLICY CONCERNING SEALHUNTING 


Many organisations such as the Animal Protection, ECOTERRA, 
ECOP, Greenpeace, Wildlife Protection, the WSPA and IFAW 
reject with determination the standpoint of the WWF concerning 
sealhunting.. 

The claim of the WWF as if they only stand for species protection 
and not to protect the individual animals, does not justify their active 
support to the slaughter of the harp and hooded seals. 

Given the fact that the WWF maintains their policy as having “other 
priorities” , appears to be remarkable as they now are actively 
involved in justifying the sealhunt. 

Please send a protest email to the WWF Canada : 


SAMPLE LETTER : 


World Wildlife Fund Canada 

TO : Mr. Hummel mhummel@wwfcanada.org <mailto:mhummel@wwfcanada.org> 


Dear Mr. Hummel, 
I find it bewildering that WWF Canada agrees with the clubbing 
to death of over one million harp seals and the hooded seals at 
the Eastern Canadian coast in the next 3 years. WWF worker 
Dr. Robert Rengeley states that the seal is not threatened with 
extinction and therefore he finds hunting them no problem. I find 
this most revolting. 

Despite years of international protests against the hunt for 
young seals, this hunt has only been increasing in the last years. 
95% of the killed seals vary in the age of 14 days and a year. 
The heads of the harp seals and hooded seals are crushed by 
beating them with clubs or butt ends of guns. 

Often, these creatures are skinned while still in convulsion. The 
mother seals can do nothing but watch defencelessly. In 2001, 
an independent team of veterinarians found that 42% of the 
seals is skinned alive. The government usually determines yearly 
the maximum number of seals to kill. For several years this 
number has been around 275,000. For the first time, the 
Canadian government set the quota for three years to come (at 
350,000 a year). With this agreement, Canada basically chooses 
to liberalise the hunt. Also, Canada knows itself supported in 
this by your organistion. 

The Canadian government allows this gruesome hunt, under 
the pretext of it being good for the cod fish population and 
there being enough seals to justify a .harvest.. The hunt for 
seals is primarily for the fur industry. 

Besides that the penises of the seals are sold for producing 
love potions. 

When estimating the quota, Canada does not weigh that 
Greenland hunts the same population (about 100,000 a year!). 
That the number of killed seals is eventually twice as high, is a 
known fact. The official figures (on which policy is made) 
don.t tell about the clubbed or shot seals that got away and 
the seals that are caught in fisher nets accidentally. 

Your organistion says it has other priorities than the seal hunt. 
My question however is: why does your organisation support it? 
I am really upset by this and I expect you to do everything you 
can to change this point of view. 

Please inform me about this personally. 
I look forward to your reply to my questions. 

Kind regards, 

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