(Metro News) QC prosecutor files case vs. dolphin show promoter

May 1, 2012 9:37 pm 

MANILA, May 1 – The Quezon City Prosecutor's Office has filed a criminal case against Indofil Sea Wonders Ltd., the promoter of a traveling dolphin show in Metro Manila in December 2010.

Facing charges for violation of Republic Act No. 8485, otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act, are Jose L. Avelino and Ma. Carla Mamburam, the owners of the Indofil Sea Wonders Ltd.

The case arose from the criminal complaint filed by Earth Island Institute (EII) and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

The complainants said that the operators of the Angels of the Sea Dolphin and Sea Lion show violated the Animal Welfare Act when "the dolphins used in the shows in December 2010 were subjected to cruelty."

They said that the dolphins were deprived of food to obey their trainers and the animals were forced to perform five shows a day everyday without any day for rest. Also, the venue for the show was at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, which is noisy and always busy with traffic and people.

They also said that the dolphins were made to perform in "shallow, chlorinated pools where they also ate and defecated."

The prosecutors also gave weight to the testimony of marine mammal experts Dr. AA Yaptinchay and Dr. Terry Aquino who said that dolphins in captivity, particularly those used in shows, experience severe amounts of stress as they are subjected to situations and conditions unnatural to their behavior and evolution as wild animals.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has set the arraignment of the accused on May 31, 2012. (PNA)

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