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- La Paz Contacts -
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Page Updated: February 26, 2003

  • PRESIDENTE
    VICENTE FOX QUESADA
    FAX: (52) 55-52-76-80-11
    Email: vicentefox@presidencia.gob.mx

  • DR. VICTOR LICHTINGER WAISMAN
    Secretario del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
    SEMARNAT
    Fax: (52) 55-56-28-06-43, 44
    Email: vlichtinger@semarnat.gob.mx

  • LIC. JOSE CAMPILLO GARCIA
    Procurador del Medio Ambiente
    PROFEPA
    Fax: (52) 2615-2041
    Email: jcampillo@correo.profepa.gob.mx

  • LIC DIANA PONCE NAVA
    Subprocuradora de Recursos Naturales
    PROFEPA
    Email: dponcenava@correo.profepa.gob.mx

  • SOC. REGINA BARBA PIREZ
    Coordinadora de Participación Social y Transparencia
    SEMARNAT
    Email: rbarba@semarnat.gob.mx

    Dear President Fox,

    Two years have passed since eight dolphins were captured and inhumanely transported from Magdelena Bay to a sea pen at FINS, Learning Center in La Paz, BSC, Mexico. These dolphins are living in conditions that no country could, or should be, proud of.

    One dolphin death has already occurred due to the stress and trauma of their capture and transport to La Paz. The surviving dolphins have been subjected to abuse and neglect.

    There are thousands of people like myself, who are concerned about the health and survival of these dolphins. I have waited, in good faith, for Mexico to do the right thing and allow the seven survivors in La Paz to be rehabilitated and released.

    However, some Mexican officials do not want these dolphins to be released. They are suggesting that these dolphins should be sent to other captive facilities in Mexico. Their rational for this appears to be the fear that an unsuccessful release, would be an embarrassment for Mexico.

    Let me assure you that there have been a number of successful releases of dolphins that have been in captivity longer than those in La Paz.

    COMARINO "Conservacion de Mamiferos Marinos de Mexico" was asked to provide a scientific report regarding the rehabilitation and release of these dolphins to Magdalena Bay should the dolphins be confiscated. COMARINO has complied with this request. A COMARINO rehabilitation team is prepared to undertake all aspects of a release. COMARINO has international support to ensure the release is successful.

    President Fox you have pledged to remove corruption from your government. I ask you to take a look at the corruption surrounding the capture and confinement of these dolphins.

    The decision regarding the fate of these dolphins has been far too slow in coming. Political maneuvering between officials has prevented a solution to this situation.

    There is no humane or logical reason to delay this decision any longer. It's just a matter of time before the remaining dolphins get sick and die. This will create more bad publicity for your government.

    I urge you President Fox, while in La Paz, to demonstrate Mexico's political will and direction by ordering the confiscation of these dolphins. For the dolphins to be protected and cared for by the government, and for the COMARINO rehabilitation team to prepare for and release the surviving dolphins to Magdalena Bay.

    If Mexico does the right thing, the world will recognize and applaud Mexico's conservation efforts to protect dolphins and whales. Your administration will be recognized as an honest and fair one, that fights to stop corruption. You will also be sending a powerful message to all those breaking Mexican law.

    Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,