Outrage over death of Solomons dolphin in the Philippines

Outrage over death of Solomons dolphin in the Philippines

Outrage over death of Solomons dolphin in the Philippines

Updated 27 November 2012, 21:34 AEST

Philippine animal rights activists plan to file charges against those responsible for the death of one of 25 dolphins recently shipped to a Singapore resort.

Philippine animal rights activists plan to file charges against those responsible for the death of one of 25 dolphins recently shipped to a Singapore resort.

The dolphins were imported from the Solomon Islands in 2010 and were being held at the Ocean Adventure marine park in the Philippines for training before being transported to Singapore.

One of the dolphins died while in transit last week.

The Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has expressed outrage over the dolphin's death.

“BFAR [Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources] did not conduct a welfare check, a health check of the animals before they left,” PAWS director Anna Cabrera was quoted in the Philippine Star newspaper as saying.

A Manila court has ordered Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa and the Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries departments to answer the group's motion to have them cited for contempt for transporting the dolphins despite a court petition against the transit.

The court stopped the transport of the dolphins for three days in October.