QC court bars govt from exporting Subic dolphins to Singapore – InterAksyon.com

15 Oct

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By: Ana Miranda, InterAksyon.com
October 13, 2012 3:00 PM


MANILA, Philippines — A Quezon City court on Friday has barred the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources from re-exporting to Singapore 25 dolphins held captive in Subic.


The two agencies and Singapore-based Resorts World in Sentosa were also barred from importing any dolphins into the country by the 72-hour temporary environmental protection order issued by Quezon City regional trial court First Vice Executive Judge Bernelito Fernandez on a petition filed by the Earth Island Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, and the Compassion and Responsibility to Animals Welfare Philippines, among others.


The petition will be heard by RTC Branch 101, the only designated environment court in Quezon City.


“After a thorough review of the allegations in support of the prayer for the issuance of a TEPO, this office finds that there exists extreme urgency and that the subject 25 captive dolphins and the petitioners will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury should the re-exporting of the said captive dolphins and the importing of additional dolphins into the country be undertaken at this time,” Fernandez’s two-page order said.


The animal welfare groups filed their petition after learning the dolphins, imported from the Solomon Islands in 2008, 2009 and 2011, were to be re-exported to Singapore based on a notice asking for their comment.


They noted that other countries have banned the dolphin trade altogether.


Aside from the TEPO, the petition asked for the nullification of import permits dating back to 2008 and the voiding of all import permits of dolphins from the Solomon Islands.


The petitioners also requested the court to order the respondents “to hold in custody the dolphins currently in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic at their expense until they are rehabilitated for release back in the wild.”


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