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    IMO when I think of Aruba, going to see Dolphins doesn't come to mind. Orlando...yes Aruba.....no

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingpin View Post
    All I want to say is, watch the movie the cove.

    http://www.thecovemovie.com/
    Kingpin,great to see you posting again,Mrs get anymore tats?Very informative article about the cove..

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    All I have to say is NO. I had no clue until Kingpin set me strait, Thanks again. Thought it was cute but its not.

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    I have to agree with the comments already posted....as much as I would love to see something like that..for my benefit, not the dolphins.....they need to be free and not trapped in some man made cage........but as we all know, what we think doesn't really matter in these kind of matters.....unless of course the ATA can pass on the word for us !!!
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    Say NO! to a Dolphinarium on Aruba

    This article was in Aruba Today

    Tuesday May 4, 2010
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    —Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber believes in a dolphinarium for Aruba provided it complies with the strictest international requirements for the wellbeing of the animals and visitors. The
    Minister confirmed there are talks between three separate project developers and the government. They are currently conducting further studies and will present their final proposals soon.
    The topic was also discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Mike Eman and three NGO’s, the Aruba Marine Mammal Foundation, the Aruba Foundation for National Parks and Tortugaruba. The objective of the meeting was to outline the goals of the three NGO’s, their actions, and among others, discussed their opinions on the presence of a dolphin facility in Aruba. The organizations always took the position that Aruba should never allow a dolphin program here for commercial purposes. Like their international counterparts, the NGO’s are of opinions that exploitation of such intelligent animals should not be permitted, since they belong in the open seas. In the past, former flipper trainer and ‘The Cove,’ co-producer Ric O’Barry helped NGO’s here to successfully convince authorities not to grant permission for such a project. His involvement in ‘The Cove,’ which won an Oscar for best documentary, was an international cry out against the cruelty of the sale of dolphins and other cetaceans. The Cove portrayed the slaughter of thousands of dolphins that have not been able to be sold to dolphinariums around the world.

    Minister Oduber says he admires O’Barry as an idealist, yet he does not see any harm in providing the market of Aruba with a project that not only treats the animals according to the highest standards, but also allows locals and tourists alike enjoy the benefits of having
    such a facility in Aruba. He understands the position taken by NGO’s namely that the wellbeing of the animal and also of the public has to be taken into consideration, and promised the government will have to have that guarantee from developers, before even considering granting the permit.

    Many environmental and animal rights organizations around the world have seen improvement in the way facilities treat the cetaceans, yet still consider having captive animals as a form of cruelty. The USA adopted the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, combined with a more critical view on the wellbeing of the cetaceans. Yet, the USA continues to have operating facilities for dolphins and whales. Great Britain on the other hand closed down all facilities by 1993, following a similar decision by Hungary. In 2005, Chile and Costa Rica adopted policies to prohibit facilities holding dolphins and other marine mammals in captivities.
    But, facilities in the USA, Japan, Mexico and in the Caribbean, including Curaçao, continue to draw huge publics, which in view of Minister Oduber, is a sign that the market has a demand for such programs. He says he is impressed with the facility in Curaçao where many European families in particular go to take their autistic relatives to participate in the dolphin swimming program. Oduber thinks it serve Aruba and Arubans well to provide a similar service.

    Say NO! to a Dolphinarium in Aruba
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    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Say-NO-to-a-Dolphinarium-in-Aruba/114225945284822?ref=search&sid=1401202648.18900388 13..1

    This can be stopped before it gets to the "Ritz Carlton" stage. A Petition is in the works

    Here is some additional info on this:
    http://www.marineconnection.org/news...w_facility.htm
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 05-07-2010 at 12:12 AM. Reason: i am editing out that depalm mention/comment and just leaving the aruba today article.
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  6. #16
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    Plz look at were these dolphins come from and then vote.

    http://www.thecovemovie.com/

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    A formal petition has been started:

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/n...inariainaruba/
    The only thing that moves fast on Aruba is the wind

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    This is rediculous - we went through this a few years ago. Capturing wild dolphins to entertain people and make money is outrageous. God put them in the sea to swim freely with their kind - leave them where God put them.
    HOWEVER, has Aruba not learned that just because you build it, does not mean that "they will come" Look at the waterslide park? How long was that open before they had to shut their gates? At least they didn't have live animals there.
    Aruba is not well known for taking proper care of their animals or policing offenders when animals are abused, neglected or exploited. Anybody remember Tessa? Take a look at the number of abandoned dogs and cats running around. Take a look at many of the owned dogs who are infested with tics, anemic, and malnourished. Once the novelty wears off, those poor dolphins would also be neglected and underfed, I'm sure.
    Forget the Dolphinarium, Aruba - it would be another disaster and the ones to suffer will be the dolphins.

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    Arrow Dolphinarium plans not discussed in Council of Ministers

    " ‘Dolphinarium plans not discussed in Council of Ministers
    11 Mei, 2010, 08:12 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_72351.php

    ORANJESTAD — “The discussion about a dolphinarium is very premature. It hasn’t even been discussed in the Council of Ministers yet”, says Minister of Public Health and Sports, Richard Visser (AVP).

    Nevertheless, he had answered questions from journalists on the plans for a dolphinarium, after the Council of Ministers’ meeting last week Monday, when he had indicated ‘it would certainly be a good plan for children with a handicap’. Now, one week later, Visser admits that he had actually been taken by surprise by the subject during the press conference.

    “I am not well informed on the subject. No information on a dolphinarium has been forwarded to my office yet, so it would be too premature to comment on the matter.” The Minister wants to speak with experts first. “I would appreciate to hear the opinion of the Veterinary Service and of Animal Rights Aruba first as well as of other people and institutes that are involved with the plans for a dolphinarium. Having done all of that, I could let you know whether I would agree with the arrival of a dolphinarium or not.”

    Visser refers to autistic children who could benefit from a treatment involving dolphins. “During a recent conference held on Aruba about autism, it appeared that Aruba did not have any basic provisions to help these children. We must work on this first. A research must determine whether a dolphinarium fits within the process to help these children.” "

    Google search for Dolphin assisted Autsim therapy

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    There are a lot of other things you can do to help autistic children. Having
    Dolphin therapy is really expensive and seeing how the medical costs
    are in Aruba, they could take that money and help the kids and do a lot
    more things for the community at large.

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