DropboxPhotosSharingLinksEventsGet StartedHelpPrivacyMoreAMENDED GoFund and Avaaz Petition Intro.txtThe largest Dolphin slaughter in the world occurs not in Japanese Taiji or the Danish Faroes but in the Solomon Islands. According to statistics, Dolphins numbering in the
tens of thousands
have been hunted and killed for hundreds of years. Since 2003 this carnage and suffering has been exacerbated by the sale of live Dolphins to profiteers who sell them to aquariums, hotels, and amusement centers on the global market.The long-term effects of wild captures are significant as the associated mortality also affects the dynamics and cohesion of the Dolphin societies left behind.According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society,
some populations of marine mammals have not rebounded from captures for public display that occurred asfar back as the 1960s.
It is important to note that although the practice of live Dolphin capture stillexists in the Solomon Islands, many countries have banned live captures and/orimports of wild caught animals based on humane and sustainability grounds. Someof these countries include Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Peru. Cyprus, Thailand, Chile, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Australia, China, Switzerland, and Croatia.In a speech at the 'End Wildlife Crime Conference' at St. James
Palace, His RoyalHighness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, began his address by saying that "Myplea to you today comes not from a place of expertise, but a place of deep respect for the world that we have inherited.
We all know how devastatingthe illegal wildlife trade is on populations of endangered species - we have allheard the statistics. My fear is that one of two things will stop the illegal trade: either we take action to stem the trade or we will run out of the animals.There is no other outcome possible."The villagers in the Solomon Islands have relied for centuries on the slaughterof Dolphins for subsistence but their reasons today are very different. They have fallen under the influence of foreign and domestic traders who are capitalizing on their culture.Village leaders have said that they are willing to put an end to the slaughter if they can find a different and reliable means to sustain themselves and their families. Two of the local chiefs have agreed that if they were offered $2,500 annually, they would stop hunting the Dolphins as this amount would be enough to feed members of both tribes for a year. It is worthwhile to note here that bringing a halt to the capture and slaughter of the Solomon Dolphins would bring incalculable social and economic benefits to these rural communities.The present monarch of the Solomon Islands is her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth