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Updated March 21, 2001

THRIVING INDUSTRY OF DOLPHIN EXPLOITATION: More and more dolphins aresuffering in captive "swim-with-the-dolphins" programs around the world.

These programs have sprung up in Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific,and elsewhere in the last few years. Tourists to the Dominican Republichave reported terrible living conditions for the dolphins being heldcaptive in the "Manati Park" facility.

Photographs of the facility confirmthe reports. Photos ofManati Park show a concrete swimming pool of such tiny dimensions as to beinhumane and extremely stressful to the dolphins.


Please write to the following officials and the owner ofthe park and ask them to do all they can to either release the captive dolphins from Manati Park or send them to another, larger facility without a "swim-with-the-dolphins" program.

1) President of the DominicanRepublic:

The Honorable Hipolito Meja
(if that mailbox address is full, you can also send comments through thefollowing website: http://www.presidencia.gov.do/welcome2/consulta/index2.htm )
FAX: 011-809 686 03 16 2

Secretary of Tourism:

The Honorable Ramon Alfredo Bordas
email: rhelena@sectur.gov.do or sectur@codetel.net.do
FAX: 011 809 68238 06 3

President of Manati Park:

Mr. Jose Miguel Moreno
email:manatipark@codetel.net.do / Fax: 011 809 221 92 82.

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