Don't sell dolphins' freedom for get-rich scheme's profit
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Captivity is not about education or conservation, it is about one thing: profit.
In the wild, dolphins are not confused in a netted, unnatural environment. Dolphins are social animals with wide ranges, and if forced to live in a confined area, they live a life of severe depression and have a shorter life expectancy than in the open ocean. A wild dolphin not imprisoned in a net can live up to 50 years.
The proposed location for Coral World's "Dolphin Theme Park" is where many local fishermen moor their boats and many local children race their hobby boats.
When will we grow a conscience? If all the resorts and theme parks take over our beaches, where will our children play? Not only does the new park take away so many of our freedoms, they also take the freedoms of God's smartest creatures.
Are we as a community going to kow-tow to yet another "get rich scheme" that only benefits a few?
I put it to you, the Virgin Islands public and all the candidates running for the Senate, What are we going to do?
- Leo Mydlenski, St. Thomas