Traditionelle Delfinjagd auf den Solomon Inseln anscheinend vorbei

Und es gibt sie doch, die erfolgreiche Nachrichten:

Durch Aufklärung wurde die Delfinjagd auf den Solomon Inseln vorzeitig beendet! Ric O´Barry – früher Delphinlehrer von „Flipper“ – konnte mit seinem Team wesentlich zu diesem Umdenken beitragen. Da sieht man einmal mehr wie wichtig Aufklärungsarbeit ist, ein Thema dem sich auch DEEPWAVE z.B. in Südindien sehr verpflichtet fühlt. Es zeigt aber auch, dass finanzielle Hilfe für solche Arbeit essentiell ist.

No Dolphins Killed in the Solomon Islands
By Ric O’Barry

Here’s some great news coming from our staff and colleagues in the Solomon Islands.
For the first time in 450 years, dolphins have not been killed in the Solomons in the past year!
On the island of Malaita, three villages have for decades been engaged in dolphin hunting. The meat was eaten, and the teeth have been used as a form of money. But the villagers told us the dolphins were getting harder to find, and they had to paddle out farther and farther to find them and haul them back to the island.

Last April, our staffer in the Solomon Islands, Lawrence Makili, Mark Berman, and I traveled to two of the villages and reached an important agreement. The villagers pledged to stop killing dolphins, and Earth Island pledged to raise funding that could be used for to support projects for sustainable fishing, alternative energy, and sanitation/clean water.

To date, Earth Island has provided $21,000 each to two villages. A third village, that is formulating a similar agreement, has been given $3,000. Mark Berman recently traveled to the islands to visit with Lawrence to see how things are progressing. Mark and Lawrence report that the villagers have stuck to their agreement and no dolphins have been killed. Lawrence has done an excellent job coordinating communication with the villages.

Villagers are now compiling a list of potential projects that meet community needs for possible Earth Island funding in the future. Traditionally, the villages have killed an estimated 2,000 dolphins annually. Now, those dolphins are free and unharmed.