09 December 2008

Seven Solomon Islands dolphins to end up in Singapore?

A Solomon Islands exporting company says seven dolphins are being sent to an oceanarium in the Philippines where they’ll be trained for public shows.

But a Solomon Islands environmentalist, Lawrence Makili claims the seven dolphins will eventually end up in Singapore.

A spokesman from the Ministry of Fisheries rejected Mr Makili’s assertion the export was kept secret.

“The deal was legal because the Government allowed 100 dolphins to be exported out of the country each year and that was only the first seven this year,” the spokesman said.

Full articles on the wildsingapore news blog.

In Feb 08, Robert Satu, a business partner of the dolphin-exporting company was reported as saying that he was looking at exporting live dolphins to Singapore. “I have switched from Dubai because Singapore offers a more attractive package for our market.” (from Dolphin exporter signs deal with Western Province Joy A. Rikimae, Solomon Star 19 Feb 08)

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