28 Oct '11, 1pm

ACRES to RWS: Set the record straight

I refer to the letter "Marine life parks both educational and inspirational" (Oct 26). Resorts World Sentosa states its belief that "controlled collection of wildlife in well-run zoological facilities is essential" and that it complied with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). However, can RWS clarify if it conducted proper scientific studies into the status of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the Solomon Islands prior to their capture? Can RWS scientifically state that its capture of the 27 dolphins was not detrimental to the survival of this species in the Solomon Islands? Lastly, does RWS agree with the statement that the preference for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins as a captive, display species "makes them vulnerable to depletion from such catches"? Due to the lack of scientific data, the world conservation union IUCN urged CIT...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111028-0000604/ACRES...

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