Activists are calling on Resorts World Sentosa to release the 23 remaining dolphins in response to a dolphin death at at the resort located on an island off the coast of Singapore. The push comes in the wake of three other dolphin deaths since 2008.
Now, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Singapore) is getting in on the call. A statement from the organization reads:
In a country like Singapore, with the Wild Animals and Birds Act in place prohibiting any person from killing, taking or keeping any wild animal, it is extremely disappointing that we are accepting these wild-caught dolphins for the purpose of forcing them to adapt to an unnatural lifestyle in RWS' Marine Life Park attraction.
When the dolphin, named Sharmila, died, the company released this statement:
We are extremely saddened by the passing of our dolphin, Sharmila. Sharmila left us on 11 May 2014. We are conducting tests to confirm the exact cause of death. Prior medical tests indicated that she was healthy. We are closely monitoring all our animals, and as always, no effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins at Dolphin Island. We will provide further updates on this blogpost when available.
But no other explanation has been provided for the cause of her death. The park's disturbing track record with dolphins dates back to 2008 and 2009, when 27 wild dolphins were caught in the Solomon Islands to populate the park. Three that were captured by the park died from bacterial infections before they even arrived.
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