DOMINICAN STATE REJECTS DOLPHIN CAPTURE
10th February 2003
Dr.Humberto Frías Agramonte, the Dominican lawyer hired by WSPA to represent the community of Bayahibe, the Dominican Academy of Science and our organisation, informed us 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.
A Committee for the patrimonial protection of dolphins was created yesterday at Bayahibe community. As you all recall, this was the national park where eight dolphins were captured by representatives of a marine show - the so-called MANATI PARK - in 2002.
Many organizations and thousands of individuals had protested in a global campaign against the illegal capture of these dolphins in a marine national park of this country.
A tourist boycott is still in place against those hotels and tourism operators, which continue to co-operate with Manati Parks' captured dolphin facility.
During this week, Dr.Frias and members of the other institutions involved, will be visiting the Directors of the main newspapers and radio & TV stations in the Dominican Republic. A press conference will be held at the Academy of Sciences to inform the public about the results of the legal actions presented against Manatí Park.
Original Source: Richard O'Barry