Captive dolphins mar Dominican Republic’s tourism image
Santo Domingo.- The controversy over dolphins in captivity is closely linked to Dominican Republic’s goal of attracting 10 million visitors each year and its reputation as the Caribbean and one of the world’s icon tourist destinations, eldia.com.do reports.
“Many of the shows and advertisers that use dolphins at the expense of the marine mammals’ well being do not comply with the lawns on the environment,” the outlet says, calling them commercial exploitation and slavery of trained cetaceans.”
El Dia reports that deprived of their freedom, the animals are forced to perform stunts, are pulled from their habitat and subjected to a “painful life in cement tanks and metal cages.”
“Deprived from their habitat and, their wildlife, instincts and freedom –which mortals have defended tooth-and-nail since the dawn of man- they swim in captivity only 7 meters in length, when they’re used to swimming from 150 to 180 kilometers offshore,” the report says.
It said that it’s widely known that in captivity, dolphins lose “one of the wonders with which they’ve been bestowed: it’s sonar communication system, which within the walls of their prison, can drive them to madness.”
“Boredom, sadness, stress and diseases contracted from the chlorine in the water, contagion with humans, the separation of calves, constantly administered drugs within their artificial environment, as suppressed immune system, undermine their sensitive personality, and destroy their life,” the outlet said.
It adds that there are currently 55 dolphins being kept in the country’s theme parks: Manatí Park in Bávaro, Ocean World Adventure Park in Cofresí Puerto Plata, both with artificial tanks; Dolphin Island and Dolphin Explorer, with water corrals, in Bávaro, Punta Cana.
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