Activists demand release of dolphins from aquarium
23rd October 2003
An animal rights group has threatened to take legal action against a popular Singapore aquarium if it doesn't release its rare pink dolphins into the wild.
The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, or ACRES, claims the owners of Underwater World Singapore are violating the Animals and Birds Act, a law that forbids cruelty to animals.
"Dolphins are not designed to be entertainers," Steph Song, a Singapore television actress and ACRES spokeswoman, said in a statement. "Keeping them in captivity is inhumane."
ACRES says making the dolphins perform for rewards - fish - is cruel, and that letting visitors pet and swim with them poses a health risk to both the animals and the public.
The group will "seek legal action" if its demands are ignored, the statement said. It didn't elaborate.
Underwater World has six Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, also known as pink dolphins.