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- Manati Park Contacts -
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Page Updated: February 26, 2003

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Please address your protest (Sample letter below but please feel encouraged to modify it with your own words, but text HAS TO BE in English or even preferable in Spanish, one of the two e-mails of Frank Moya Pons might bounce back, normally they close one e-mail address when too much mails come in but then the second one is working) to:

  • Lic. Jose Antonio Trinidad Sena
    Procurador (in absence of a direct e-mail address please send to freemanatidolphins@gmx.net
    E-mails will be handed over directly)

  • H.E. the Honourable
    Presidente del Estado
    Mr. Hipolito Meja
    Fax: 001-809- 686-7830
    E-mail: prensa@presidencia.gov.do

  • Sr. Frank Moya Pons
    Secretaria de Estado de Medio Ambiente y de Recursos Naturales
    Minister of Environment
    Fax: 001-809- 540-2667 or Fax 001-809-540-7561
    E-mail: medioambiente@codetel.net.do
    or agil@medioambiente.gov.do

  • Sr.Rafael Subervi Bonilla
    Secretario de Estado de Turismo (Minister of Tourism)
    Fax. 001-809 682-3806
    E-mail: rafaelsubervi@sectur.gov.do

    Copy to: freemanatidolphins@gmx.net

    Honorables Señores,

    Nos dirigimos a ustedes para solicitarles que se unan a los movimientos internacionales y nacionales de protesta contra las instalaciones de delfines de Manati Park Bavaro - las cuales, desde su establecimiento, han sido criticadas tanto por expertos como visitantes por las condiciones en que mantienen a los delfines: pequeñas y vacías piscinas de cautiverio de cemento, mala calidad del agua, falta de instalaciones de refugio, etc. Pero, lo especialmente preocupante es el Programa de Nadar con Delfines en que los delfines son sometidos a intensas horas de interacciones con los visitantes y, debido a la crueldad de la actividad, estos han mostrado ya signos de agresividad contra algunos turistas y hay un alto índice de mortaldad de delfines en esta instalación.

    Tour operadores y hoteles ya han dejado de cooperar con Manati Park y los medios de comunicación internacionales han mostrado reportajes impactantes. Estamos indignados por el hecho de que, a pesar de las terribles condiciones de vida y nivel extremo de explotación de los delfines en el programa de Nadar con Delfines, en Agosto de 2002, ManatíPark utilizó un permiso ilegal y capturó 8 delfines más en aguas nacionales, lo cual viola, además de la Ley 64-00, las normativas del Parque Nacional del Este, una zona especialmente protegida. Es inaceptable que, hasta ahora, nadie sepa donde están estos ocho delfines y el parque se ha negado a dar información.

    Nosotros- los abajo firmantes- queremos apoyar los esfuerzos de las comunidades locales de Bayahibe para liberar a los delfines de Manati Park Bavaro y pedimos urgentemente que se ponga fin inmediatamente a este maltrato y que Manati Park no siga ganando dinero del sufrimiento de los animales. Solicitamos que los delfines restantes sean devueltos a las zonas de donde fueron capturados o rehabilitados en un medio natural.

    Atentamente


    Honourable Sirs,

    We address to you to join the international and national movements of protests against the dolphins facilities of Manati Park Bavaro - whichsince its establishment has been criticised by experts and visitors alike in relation to the conditions the dolphins are kept: Small and barren cement captive pools, the quality of the water, lack of refuge or sanctuary facilities, but of particular concern is the handling of the Swim with Dolphins Program by which the dolphins have intense hours of interactions with visitors and due to its cruel outline have shown already aggressive behaviour against some tourists and the mortality rate of dolphins at this facility.

    Tour Operators and Hotels stopped cooperation and international media aired shocking reports.We are outraged about the fact, that despite the poor living conditions and extreme level of exploitation of the dolphins during the swim program in August 2002 Manati Park used an illegal permit and captured another eight dolphins in national waters, which violates besides of Law 64-00 as well the regulations of the Parque Nacional del Este, which is a specially protected area.

    It is unacceptable that up to now nobody knows where the eight dolphins are being held and the park is allowed to refuse to give information.

    We - the Undersigned - would therefore herewith support the efforts of the local communities of Bayahibe to free the dolphins of Manati Park Bavaro and urgently ask that this mistreatment has to be stopped immediately and Manati Park is no longer making money out of the suffering of animals. We ask that the remaining dolphins are returned to the areas from which they were captured or rehabilitated in a natural environment.

    Sincerely,