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Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92525
10/08/04 01:20 PM
10/08/04 01:20 PM
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Ms. Parkey's foundation can generate tourism income without the exploitation of dolphins. Maybe she can create jobs for Belizean humans in her quest for tourism dollars.

Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92526
10/08/04 02:48 PM
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See the following links for the view of the Humane Society of the United States concerning the issue:

Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92527
10/08/04 02:54 PM
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Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92528
10/10/04 04:03 PM
10/10/04 04:03 PM
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There is a very productive discussion on this topic on the belizeforum board. Check it out if you're interested, as some scientists are weighing in with peer reviewed literature, etc. I sincerely hope that this project won't be allowed, for the good of the dolphins, the environment, and Belize.

mad Sir Isaac Newton ~ you are mean and nasty, and you should be ashamed of your comments to Lan Sluder. Unless you are also a complete idiot, you should understand that you can LIKE a person but still disagree with some of their actions. You might not be familiar, but it's how civilized people act.

Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92529
10/10/04 08:40 PM
10/10/04 08:40 PM
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Is there anything that can be done to put a petition together to avoid this from happening? When will the final decision be made? I am very opposed to the dolphin swim program. I'd like to know when there will be an answer.

Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92530
10/11/04 10:24 AM
10/11/04 10:24 AM
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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Review is in process. The public meeting was held on October 6th, about 2 weeks after the public notices conforming to the DOE's proceedure were published. The public comment period for the EIA ends on October 15th. So you have until then to read the EIA, which is available at several locations in Belize, and submit your comments to the National Environmental Assessment Committee (NEAC).

The locations I know about include the Belize Biltmore Plaza on Northern Highway, and Dive Connections Office on North Front Street. There is also a copy in the library.

Contact information for the NEAC, which includes governmental agencies and 2 NGOs (Belize Audubon and BANCONGO) can be found through the MNREI and DOE. Their contact info is:

Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment
Address: Market Square, Belmopan
Phone: (501) 822-2226 or 822-2249 or 822-2711 or 822-2232
Fax: (501) 822-2333
Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


Department of Environment
Address: #10/12 Ambergris Avenue, Belmopan
Phone: (501) 822-2816 or 822-2542
Fax: (501) 822-2862
Email: [email protected]

I've answered many questions regarding the details of the proposed Dolphin Encounter, which is part of a the EIA, on BelizeForums, so I won't repeat them here. You can read my previous posts and other discussion starting at;f=1;t=003422

As a science advisor, I have chosen to remain neutral regarding the Dolphin Encounter component of the Hugh Parkey Foundation/Spanish Bay Conservation and Research Center's Environmental Impact Assessment. I was quoted earlier on Belize Forums as saying, "I strongly believe that the decision to approve or deny a captive dolphin facility in Belize should be made by Belizeans based on the most currently available social, ecological, economic, scientific, and educational data available". Thank you, Moon Boy, for an accurate quote, which I continue to stand by.

Caryn Self-Sullivan
Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92531
10/11/04 12:12 PM
10/11/04 12:12 PM
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My 2 cents for what it's worth ...

Setting aside the moral issues of the dolphin’s rights to be free I think Lan hit it right on the head with his initial posting – “Swim-with-dolphin parks say "Cancun" or "Florida" to me, not Belize. To me, swim-with-dolphins programs where dolphins are penned up give the wrong image for Belize's ecotourism industry.”

Lan’s right. I’m drawn to Belize because it is different than Cancun or Florida. If the government wants something to think about how about this. Once they turn Belize into Florida then they will start loosing tourists. After all it’s a lot cheaper for me to fly to Florida or Cancun than it is to Belize.

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92532
10/11/04 12:24 PM
10/11/04 12:24 PM
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Bellaire, Tx. and the World
Denny Shane Offline
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Unfortunately, nowadays, we live in a "bottom line" world rather than a "morally right" world. Money will always win... sad, but true.

Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92533
10/11/04 04:03 PM
10/11/04 04:03 PM
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This just in from a friend,

I would like to propose a People Zoo.

One would be able to go and visit the people in thier normal habitat after being taken from the wild and caged. All care and respect would be taken to preserve thier natural activities.

Flipper smile

I read it on the internet so it must be true.
Re: Proposed Swim-with-Dolphins Project #92534
10/11/04 05:25 PM
10/11/04 05:25 PM
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Savannah, GA USA
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Zoos make me sad.

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