Grand Cayman does not need a captive dolphin attraction.
I certainly cannot tell you how to develop a sustainable economy on an island with a finite amount of space and natural resources, but I do know that it is neither the responsibility, nor the expertise, of those who protest mistreatment of dolphins to expand and improve Cayman tourism development.
There is no need to ‘put up or shut up’ as W.D. Chin states.
It is perfectly valid to protest something, even if you do not have the means or knowledge to provide an alternative.
Abraham Lincoln offered little alternative to slave traders of the 1850s, yet he maintained that slavery was morally wrong.
Few today would argue against him.
Few continue to doubt the intelligence of dolphins, and we often equate intelligence with the need for freedom.
Is it morally acceptable to hold these animals captive?
Does profit margin influence your decision?
It shouldn’t, and you don’t need to be a tourism development consultant in order to state that you know the answer. It is not morally acceptable to hold these animals captive.
If the Caymanian economy is to continue to flourish as development becomes denser, a real plan for sustainable tourism needs to be developed – and followed.
On an island that primarily uses natural beauty to attract tourists and generate income, a sustainable plan must place issues of environment and quality of life at the top of the list.
Once the ecosystem is sufficiently damaged, natural beauty declines, and almost everything else falls apart on its own.
The environment should be everyone’s main concern; after all, we all need it.
The Caymanian people need to decide what kind of tourism development they can all live with.