I was dismayed to read in ‘The Guardian’ newspaper (UK) of 1st April the proposed plans to invest in the development of a huge resort that will impact on the diverse (and rare) wildlife of the island. After last visiting the island in December 2016, my family and I continue to appreciate the conservation efforts to retain the character of St Lucia.
This is in contrast to some of the other Caribbean islands which have, unfortunately, succumbed to the wider call of tourism and the ensuing devastation of natural land and consequent endangering of vulnerable species.
Furthermore, I was surprised to learn of the plan to build a dolphinarium at Pigeon Point at a time when tour operators including Thomas Cook (Britain’s 2nd largest travel company) are dropping tours to many animal attractions (eg Ocean World in the Dominican Republic and Sealanya in Turkey – both dolphinariums).
Virgin Holidays also are no longer promoting such ‘experiences’. A lengthy article in ‘The Sunday Times’ (UK) newspaper of 2nd April further discusses the issues and concerns of captive animals and the effect of making them perform for, or interact with, human beings.
The face of tourism is changing and I beg the government of St Lucia to think again before going ahead with its proposals both regarding resort building and the building of a dolphinarium.
Dr. Tavia Facchin