Put a stop to dolphinariums

As a consumer of various goods and services, we always have a choice.

If we believe that a certain type of business is not in alignment with our ethical and religious views, we may choose not to consume those goods or services.

In the matter of the captive dolphin facilities, we have a choice to not purchase any tickets.

Also, we have a choice not to use the services of the parent companies involved in the activity. The dolphins, regretfully, have no choice.

Cayman is a beautiful country with people of great integrity and conscience.

The best way to encourage the development of the tourist industry, which will later lead to investment and development, is to first invest in the resources that the Caymanian people use and also to rely on the strengths that already exist there.

The Caymans are one of the top dive destinations in the world and a very important part of the allure is embodied in the conservationist attitudes that Cayman has espoused.

I believe that the development of the captive dolphin parks represents an extreme dereliction of that course.

These dolphinariums are demonstrative of natural dolphin life as a POW camp is illustrative of a human one.

And, I gather that the great majority of Caymanians are against it, but go unheard.

I believe that the Cayman Islands could be one of the top destinations for triathletes in the world.

The beautiful roads and the calm surf of Seven Mile Beach provide an ideal place to train.

Also, as for education, the Caymans could be a top destination for medical conventions. As a physician, I could only hope that any of the medical meetings I attend could be in a place as beautiful as the Caymans.

This type of development will truly be in alignment with the ethics and goals of the people of Cayman.

The momentum with which the captive dolphin parks is developing will not slow because of the ill perceived need to develop this type of industry in Cayman.

The need to compete for a cruise ship visitor by building these dolphin swim parks may only fulfil the economic needs of the owners of these parks.

And, these dolphinariums will in no way create anything unique in the Caymans, as these dolphinariums are mutating in other parts of the Caribbean.

Sadly, some societies must look in retrospect to see that some wrong has been committed.

But in this case, many have voiced opposition to the development of these captive swim pools but only to be heard by deaf ears.

Byron Tsusaki

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