SLAPS: We must not help perpetuate the enslavement of dolphins

On World Wildlife Day 2017, the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) would like to add its voice to those fighting to stop the dolphin facility at Pigeon Island.

Dolphins belong in the oceans where they can swim free and live with their families. It is cruel and selfish to keep these large, intelligent mammals in captivity, forcing them to live in tiny pens and perform tricks for the entertainment of a species that is supposed to be more evolved.

How the dolphins are treated in a particular facility and whether or not they are born in captivity are details not relevant to the larger issue. Each new facility that is built perpetuates the enslavement of dolphins; St. Lucia must not be part of that. The tide of public opinion has turned against the exploitation of animals for entertainment. Circuses all over the world are closing down thanks to the opposition of animal rights groups, and facilities like Sea World are now facing increasing pressure from these groups.

If we want to promote ourselves as an ecotourism destination – which is the future of tourism – we need to start making the right choices. Whale and dolphin watching in the open water is an ecotourism attraction; swimming with captive dolphins is not.


  1. 666
    March 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I agree!

  2. Sad-But-True
    March 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hahahah…But no mention of the Re-Enslavement of the Poor Black St. Lucians by Evil Chastanet ( a French National).
    Notice how even dolphins are treasured, valued and Loved more than the Poor Black St. Lucians who voted for subjugation. Lol

    1. LB
      March 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Sad-But-True … just where do you get your mis-information from? Regarding your assumption that Chastanet i a “French National”!! Since when? For your assumption, so would be the du Boulay family, the Valmont family, the Bergasse family the Glace family, the Destang family, the Jean Marie family, the Deveaux family – and all the other families in BUSINESS bearing French surnames (most of them originate from the Soufriere parish). I just felt compelled to point out your ignorance of the ST LUCIAN family names with prominent businesses – just like the Chastanet’s, and the Minvielle’s, and the rest of them. So, if you have to point fingers – the Chastanet family is NOT the only “business family” who have been here for generations – just like you (and me!).