Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is yet to respond to a letter written to him on behalf of some 20 animal welfare and conservation organisations expressing concern about a proposed dolphinarium here, the Director of Marine Connection, Margaux Dodds has told St Lucia Times.
Dodds wrote the March 9, 2017 letter to Chastanet on behalf of the other organisations which re based in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mexico, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, the Bahamas and Canada.
” We believe that a captive dolphin attraction on your island would damage its reputation
as a tourism destination and also cause irrevocable damage to the natural heritage of St Lucia,” the Marine Connection Director stated in the letter to Chastanet.
“We also would like to make you aware of a major controversy that surrounded the closure of a Dolphin Discovery facility in Antigua in 2004. The government of Antigua was forced to take action, due to a number of negative issues related to the operation of the facility, which led to its closure. The government later denied a request by the same company to return to Antigua,” the letter noted.
It highlighted the economic impacts, economic damage and effect on this country’s reputation that a dolpinarium would bring.
“Colleagues based in the Caribbean would be pleased to meet with you on behalf of the undersigned to discuss any questions you may have and provide further details,” the letter disclosed.
It looked forward to hearing from the PM on ‘this important matter.’
Dodds told St Lucia Times Friday that despite repeated requests, there has been no response from the Saint Lucia PM.