Animal advocate against proposed dolphin facility

Animal advocate, Patricia Headley, has come out against plans by the government here to set up a dolphin facility at Pigeon Island.

Headly, who is a member of the Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS),made it clear that she was not speaking on behalf of the organisation but merely voicing a personal opinion.

“Surely, there are other ways we can create jobs than capturing animals for tourists to come and look at,” she told the Times.

Headley referred to SeaWorld which she said she had visited on a few occasions.

“Those animals are also contained and a lot of them die. I hate it,” she told the Times.

Headley, who admitted to getting emotional when it came to the issue of animal protection, said she was not against job creation, but felt there was another way to generate employment.

According to her, the initiative to have dolphins at Pigeon Island would, instead of attracting visitors to Saint Lucia, actually drive them away.

“I can tell you, I look after the calls for SLAPS – that is my function. I am no longer able to work in the field. The calls I get from tourists about  the way our dogs are treated is bad enough – so this is not good for Saint Lucia. I don’t think it attracts tourists by any means,” the animal lover told the Times.

The  well known Devaux family in Saint Lucia recently wrote an open letter to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, urging him to put a stop the proposed dolphin facility at Pigeon Island.

The proposal reportedly includes the construction of a restaurant, gift shop, and swimming pool on Pigeon Island.

The Devaux family said in the open letter that such commercial activity will do nothing to enhance the natural beauty or historic charm of the park.

“Pigeon Island National Landmark is part of Robert J. Devaux’s legacy and part of this nation’s heritage. As a National Landmark, it must be preserved and protected,” the letter declared.

It noted that what Robert Devaux envisioned for Pigeon Island was a green space steeped in history to be enjoyed by his children and their children and all Saint Lucians for generations to come.



  1. 666
    February 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I am against it as well.

  2. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    No good for being in captivity, but good for killing and eating????????

    1. Confused
      February 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      I say the reverse about dogs every day.

      1. Anonymous
        February 28, 2017 at 2:36 pm


  3. tio
    February 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Is the goverment selling piegeon point again. After it came back to the people ,,did they agree over some steak dinner and cocktails, mr prime minister do you drink alcohol over limite? Are you selling your birthright. For pennys ? Are your eyes blue?values are more inportant than money would you not thinking doing such an act that all st lucian will have to take money from their children pearce and give it to big coporation and when these children get hungry and angry they will revolt against any thing mr priminister stop this bleeding the people of st lucia ministers after minister the same. this park will be open on a daily basise and all st lucian will want to spent theire little earnings there some will be sad and the canit afford and revolf and become crinimals what is on your mind to sent younger st lucian into prisons becaused of poverty Devaux i suport you and the people this has to stop

  4. John Williams
    February 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Those dolphin facilities are slowly becoming outdated. The tide is turning about how people view activities that take place within those facilities. Holding wonderful and smart species for amusement is frowned upon by a growing segment of the population. I have no doubt that during my lifetime this activity will go away… just like wearing fur. By the way, make sure you want to place your garbage in the country’s national park. What has happened home?

    1. Oshutup
      February 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Foreigners are no longer interestied in seeing animals in captivity school kids from primary school…up to their parents… it’s not going to happen for them stupid idea.

  5. Oshutup
    February 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Anything for money…selling bits of the island off…who’s is gonna come to see dolphin in captivity? Ignorant Lucian…can’t even afford to send their children to school with lunch money
    That animal captivity is not what many foreigners support anymore…not adults not children…and how many jobs are going to be created for this place…whose money ? The Japanese ? That are the ones who would rather kill and eat 5hem. So ignorant. Kids in primary school do go for that kind of so called entertainment any more… and would rather turtle watch and go out on a boat to see the dolphins and Wales too. Pity you all don’t know that up in Scotland people who have been ill with cancer have days out on a boat where they go whale watching and they animals allow themselves to be stroked and touched. But that’s not good enough for my people…so hungry and barbaric …got police shooting 3 legged dogs near their owners home saying the dog attacked him. It’s dolphin you all will care for in a tank. Give me a break.

  6. jessica
    March 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

    It is an outdated idea, I agree. People no longer want to see Dolpins in captivity as they are aware of the cruelty of it. You only need to look at the statistic of how many people are against seaworld and other places like that. It is a much greater experience to go out to sea and see them in their natural habitat. St. Lucia is behind the times and needs to get out of the 90’s and should invest in making the country better for the people living there, before thinking about crazy plans to build captive Dolphin facilities to entertain tourists. Be more original and stop looking at what other bigger countries are doing and create something that is unique to st Lucia. People visit it for its natural beauty – why sabotage that.

  7. Anonymous
    March 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Put one of the dolphin park misters in a cage for the rest of they life an see how they feel.
    They try it in dominica about ten years ago an the dolphins die in about four months