Friday, February 8, 2013

ACRES files for possible animal cruelty by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)

ACRES on February 8th filed an official request to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to investigate possible animal cruelty by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). ACRE said "according to scientific research, anthropogenic noise is a known stressor for cetaceans, which have very sensitive hearing. The firework displays may have compromised the dolphins’ welfare, as the close proximity and loud noises may have disorientated and distressed them."

Despite appeals from ACRES and members of the public not to, on 7th and 8th December 2012, RWS went ahead and held firework displays near the enclosures the wild-caught dolphins were confined in.

A statement issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India (a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare laws) in January 2013 similarly stated that: “Exposure to loud sounds – airborne and underwater – can also stress cetaceans. The sensitive hearing of cetaceans is well-established and numerous studies, many on-going, are documenting the harmful effects that anthropogenic noise can have on them. Sound travels very well through water and even airborne (e.g., aircraft, music) sounds can penetrate the air-water interface and be heard by captive animals. When cetaceans cannot remove themselves from prolonged, loud sounds, physiological stress and damage can result.”

“ACRES is concerned that the dolphins may be terrified by or suffer as a result of firework displays. We once again appeal to RWS to cease any firework displays near the dolphin enclosures” said Mr. Louis Ng, Chief Executive of ACRES.

3 of 27 dolphins captured for Resort World Sentosa have already died. The last one died on its way to Singapore although RWS claimed that the dolphin was fit to travel.

ACRES and other animal activists around the region have been campaigning for the release of the remaining dolphins. ACRES runs a Facebook page named Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins

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