10 March 2017
Born Free joins 20 other organisations in expressing its concern to the Government of St Lucia over the proposal to build a captive dolphin facility on Pigeon Island, a location designated as a National Park and enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, actioned and sent by Marine Connection, all organisations are united in urging that the application be denied.
It is scientific fact that the biological, physical, psychological and social characteristics of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) do not allow them to adapt and thrive in captivity. Confined in a tank, they are forced to live in an artificial environment where most choice is taken away and where they are contained within a space that can never compare to what they would have in the wild.
In these changing times, where millions are opposed to the keeping of cetaceans in captivity, it is hoped that the plans in St Lucia will be abandoned. This is exactly what happened in Hawaii after a resort development in Oahu abandoned its plans to build a captive dolphin facility. Atlantis Resort in Ko Olina had been pursuing a dolphin display permit but this was halted in January 2017 by project developer Jeff Stone, who announced that dolphin exhibits and dolphinariums are ‘dated concepts’. This is exactly Born Free’s outlook, any why we will continue to follow the proposal in St Lucia to call for the island to remain dolphinaria-free.