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From magazine divenewswire.com

Antigua Government Halts Dolphin Capture Program


Antigua and Barbuda Independent Tourism Promotion Corporation An Active Part of Decision that Eliminates Need for Immediate Court Action

Earlier this month, the Antigua and Barbuda Independent Tourism Promotion Corporation (ABITPC) successfully caused the local Antiguan government to immediately halt the capture of dolphins in local waters. This action was taken in response to threatened legal action and discussions that the permit to take dolphins (issued in December, 2000) actually was a violation of international law.

Speaking for ABITPC, spokeswoman Martha Watkins-Gilkes said, "We are delighted that this long, drawn-out debate has come to a close. It has been very time-consuming and mentally and physically draining for all involved. We are pleased that the environment of Antigua and Barbuda will not be compromised by the removal of our wild dolphins. We feel that the government was sold a misleading 'bill of good' from people who came to our island and wanted to exploit our marine resources for personal gain. We hope that this case will have a positive effect throughout the entire Caribbean region."

Watkins-Gilkes said that although any future dolphin captures would be prohibited due to the recent Cabinet decision, the matter of dolphins currently in captivity would still need to be addressed.

"We have pointed out clearly in the press that there are international treaties that Antigua may have been violating," she said. "We will pursue the fact that the dolphins were brought in illegally."

  

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