Target: Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia
Goal: Reject the idea presented by investors to keep dolphins in captivity at Pigeon Island.
Recently, a group of investors and developers presented a proposal that will keep dolphins in captivity at Pigeon Island in St. Lucia. The proposal also includes plans to build a restaurant, gift shop and swimming pool.
The Devaux family, who founded the St. Lucia National Trust, recently penned a letter to the government to reject the proposed idea. The family writes that the original founder, Robert Devaux, envisioned Pigeon Island as a place rich in history for families to enjoy for generations to come. They argue that the dolphin facility is the wrong way to go about accomplishing this and that it will interrupt the beauty the location already has. This is all in addition to making the obvious argument that keeping dolphins in captivity is inhumane and that instead of bringing in more tourists, it will likely push them away.
“This type of commercial activity will do nothing to enhance the natural beauty or historic charm of the park. As a National Landmark, it must be preserved and protected,” says the Devaux family in their own letter to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. They continue on to discuss the fact that “worldwide public opinion has turned against tours that feature captive wild animals.” They also mention that “an organized boycott by an international animal welfare organization could tarnish their reputation and hurt their tourism industry.”
Sign below to encourage Prime Minister Allen Chastanet not to follow through with this proposal. It not only seems to be the right decision for St. Lucia as a community, but keeping dolphins in captivity is cruel and shouldn’t be considered in the first place.
Dear Prime Minister Allen Chastanet,
There is a reason that this proposed dolphin facility is being rejected not only by members of your own community but also by animal rights activists around the world. Keeping dolphins in captivity for any reason, let alone for tourism and entertainment purposes, is completely inhumane and extremely cruel.
You may think there are benefits to these additions to Pigeon Island, but I can assure you that it will push more tourists away than it ever pulls in. The world becomes increasingly passionate every day about the rights of animals. You should choose to stand on the right side of this issue by denying the proposal. If you continue forward with it, you should expect the harsh rejection of this project to grow even more.
Your community in St. Lucia is counting on you to make the right decision. I hope you do not choose to ignore the majority and put the lives of these dolphins at risk.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Michelle Maria