Solomons bans dolphin exports

Date: 1/2/2005

The Solomon Islands government has banned live dolphin exports following international outrage over a shipment of the marine mammals to a Mexican theme park last July. Live-trained dolphins can fetch up to almost $40,000 on the world market to entertain crowds at aquatic parks. The ban also follows concerns by local tuna fishing interests that their industry could be jeopardised through overseas boycotts of Solomons fish products in protest at further dolphin exports.

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