It is very clear that both the animal cruelty and human health threat of this latest outbreak were deliberately kept secret from Caymanian residents and tourists alike. What is not yet clear, is the extent, if at all, the Cayman Islands government or even the UK government were aware of these serious concerns. However, we do know that the Farm was very much aware, which is exactly why this news was hidden for so long, and why the Farm's management fought so hard to keep this information out of the public eye.
Unfortunately, losing more than 1,000 endangered sea turtles and a potential zoonotic disease outbreak has not been enough to stir the Cayman Islands government into action. However, in stark contrast, the Ministry of Tourism has now rapidly responded to a viral video of the Farm Director Tim Adam berating a member of his staff. The latest revelations regarding the Farm are not only truly astounding but also serve to demonstrate that the Cayman Island government can intervene if it has a mind to.
Over the past three years, World Animal Protection has been in direct contact with both the Cayman Islands government and the UK government, urging them to finally work together to ensure that this government-owned facility transitions into a true turtle sanctuary. Unfortunately, these calls have been repeatedly sidestepped and ignored.
Now the Farm has yet again proved that it represents a severe threat to the health of both its turtles and tourists alike. The burning question now is how much disease and dishonesty will it take for them to instigate real change at this farcical facility?