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Updated: 02/09/2013 08:04 | By Channel NewsAsia

AVA to monitor wellbeing of dolphins at RWS

AVA to monitor wellbeing of dolphins at RWS

AVA to monitor wellbeing of dolphins at RWS

SINGAPORE: The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) has filed an official request with the Agri—Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to investigate possible animal cruelty by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

In a statement on Friday, ACRES said: "Despite appeals from ACRES and members of the public not to, on 7th and 8th December 2012, RWS went ahead and held fireworks displays near the enclosures the wild—caught dolphins were confined in."

AVA said that it had visited RWS during a fireworks display in January and found that the dolphins were not affected by the pyrotechnics.

It added that it would continue to monitor the wellbeing of the dolphins at RWS.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Marine Life Park (MLP) at RWS which houses the dolphins said they were doing well.

The spokesperson added that the park places the highest priority on the health and comfort of all its animals, and would never, under any circumstances, compromise their well—being in any way.

MLP’s facility is designed such that all other activities and operations in the resort would not adversely impact the animals, and an experienced team of animal husbandry professionals constantly monitor the dolphins.

— CNA/al

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