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“St. Lucians really care about dolphins? Since? The hypocrisy…” (letter)

Letter to the Editor

species__dolphin-imageDear Editor. I am a St. Lucian and St. Lucians make me shame to call myself  St. Lucian sometimes.

Our political blindess have transformed our behaviour into the lowest levels of hypocrisy and dumbness.

From my recollection, a dolphin park proposal was introduced, proposed, approved (what-ever you call it) under the Kenny Anthony led-administration in 2014.

No one complained. No one protested.

In 2017, a new government is here. Similar proposal. The difference:  protest and complaints and threats.

What is our problem?

The members of the National Trust are people who all, more well off than a lot of St. Lucians. Some of us who are complaining are either broke, making bom’, doing other illegal activities or alread have enough money.

Several countries in the Caribbean have a dolpin park. I have not seen any boycotts of their tourism or travel sources. In fact, I know a few parents from St. Lucia who have brought their children to various dolphanriums in the Caribbean.

The dolphins are well taken care of! The authorities see to it. In fact, the dolphins are probably better fed than many of you!

St. Lucians really care about dolphins? Since? The hypocrisy on this island is alarming.

When you are unable to pay your bills I am sure the dolphins will not be sending you money via Western Union.

St. Lucians get a grip!

Sincerely not,
JY

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45 comments

  1. Your letter to the editor is pathetically misinformed.

    It is up to each of us to do our research so as to be able to make an informed, fact-based on rationale comment.

    As St. Lucians, we each deserve that level of respect in a discussion.

    You don't seem to have it.

    It's disappointing. It really is. And it does nothing to constructively advance a discussion.

    There is nothing wrong with well thought out, responsible development.

    Unfortunately, dolphins swim in pods, and they migrate hundreds, sometimes thousands of kilometres.

    But, perhaps I am over-analyzing you on this. Perhaps you would be completely happy being locked in a medium sized room for the rest of your life when your inherent nature is to walk around wherever you want.

    I do wish you well in your job application to be one of their on-site handlers, Steven says to say 'hello", by the way.

    Secondly, you are historically inaccurate, you and I have already talked about this. The first talk of a dolphin park venture was by Michael Chastenet for a site located adjacent to La Toc. Check your history or ask around.

    God Bless.

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  2. So who says that a national park cannot be developed to include such entertainment? I see it all over the world with areas much older and more pristine than Pigeon Island. Is the causeway more harm than good? It can be seen as an alteration to the park. We must not loose sight of reality and on how we can make things better of course we stand to loose a little, but that's what development means if we have to feed our children. you think that a mother would care if she made bomb to feed her children? You think that the children would look back from the advantageous position that the mother has placed them through her bomb making? A hen would dig out your eyes for the survival of her chicks much less a tiger.

    (2)(0)
  3. WHAT IS AMASING IS THAT ST. LUCIANS HAVE FALLEN FOR LOVE OF ANIMALSLTHROUGH THEIR EXPATS FRIENDS. WHY THE SUDDEN LOVE FOR ANIMALS, THE ILL MANNERED CROWD AT THE SLNT MEETING UP TO TODAY HAS NOT BEEN CONDEMNED BY MR. HUNTE WHICH MEANS HE CONDONED THE BEHAVIOUR OF THOSE PRESENT WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER. I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYONE SAY THAT THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING, NO WONDER OUR CHILDREN HAVE NO MANNERS AND RESPECT FOR ANYTHING MAYBE OUR EXPATS MAY HAVE STARTED THE TREND. THE MILLION DOLLARE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE HERITAGE WE WANT TO PROTECT AT PIGEON POINT EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS DESECRATE THE GROUNDS FOR THE JAZZ FESTIVAL LEAVING THE SLNT TO TRY TO KEEP THE GRASS IN A PRESENTABLE STATE. THE CAUSEWAY IS THERE WITH THREE HOTELS TTHANKS TO "JC" IS THERE A BLACK LLIST OT COUNTRIES WITH ZOOS, WHAT BETTER EXAMPLE OF ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY, GREAT ADVENTURE MANY OF THE ST. LUCIANS EXPAT FRIEND TRAVEL TO NY TO SEE THEM. WHERE IS THE BLACK LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH DOLPHINARIANS AS THREATENED BY ONE WRITER. COME ON MR PRIME MINISTER DO NO PUT DOWN YOUR TOOLS LABOUR WOULD WANT TO SAY THAT THEY DID IT FIRST. REMEMBER VAT AND CIP.

    (2)(2)
  4. Red or yellow black and white. No to Pigeon Point being used as a "marshwain" park. At least Dr Anthony had common sense to not even suggest Pigeon Point. Remember it was our Prime Minister who made the suggestion. Now that tells me a lot about our PM including he will sell all of St Lucia

    (6)(6)
  5. I was eating a bowl of mashweh and fried dolphin and fries while reading some of the comments.

    Save our whales and dolphins.

    (8)(0)
  6. This issue is about our national landmark, which will be defaced by the proposed facility. We're fighting to protect our heritage. Are the 14 permanent jobs (28 promised by the Mexicans minus 14 lost at Jambe de Bois) worth all the loss we will suffer? We will lose a big chunk of Pigeon Island when they excavate the hillside. We will lose the coral reefs to the dolphin pens. And we lose the causeway beach to pollution from the dolphin pens.

    (6)(5)
  7. Dear author of this letter

    Do you really understand what people are fighting for?
    It is PIGEON ISLAND
    just in case you forgot what it is - a National Landmark, Heritage, Culture, - people's land

    Kenny Anthony never proposed a Dolphin Park at PIGEON ISLAND.
    So tell Mr. Chastanet to take it somewhere else.
    As a bit of advise - study the case before you go and write.

    (5)(5)
  8. Badly written letter. Also, learn grammar and history.

    (6)(3)
  9. Our problem I St. Lucia is that we are too politically minded, we refuse to educate ourselves about what those we have placed to govern us are up to and we jump on the backs of those we do not support at the slightest, unsupported, invalid criticisms made at their efforts. We are so accustomed of being screwed over that we veiw every effort as negative. Instead of opposing everything why don't we work with our administration? Many of the argument that I have seen being raised against this plan are invalid and others can be solved with simple compromise. Maybe if we educated ourselves we would not just take the crap that "leaders" (who oppose mainly because they will not receive the most gain so therefore criticize) say and regurgitate it.
    Wise up Lucians. The bigger people are looking for what will benefit then, DO THE SAME

    (5)(1)
  10. Kenny's third wife

    The range rover driving socialists are all for this project. Three piece suit wearing, sons of the wealthy, half-white, semi shabin,just touch down, lucian by legal means, some here illegally types are those who oppose this project. Ritual coffee drinking people too. Most of them are retired, dont need a job, or well to do. This project will create jobs. The pigeon point issue is one which merits discussion, as we need to be reminded of how the whites used military power to keep st. lucia the profitable slave colony that it was, with use of slave power. But dolphins? Nope! I dont care about dolphins and the average St. Lucian does not! Go ahead uncle Chas! We need two dolphin parks! Christopher Hunte, nor Calixte George Junior can stop you!

    (3)(5)
  11. st lucians are all of a sudden so upset about dolphins in captivity but are totally hush when it comes to the ppl who have been kept at bordalias for years without their cases be heard. dam hypocrites. Apart from the location being inappropriate i dont see how that could harm our tourist industry. Our crime rate is doing more damage to the industry yet still nothing for that.Has any dolphin parks or zoos in any country hurt their tourist industry.I am sure if the park is put up all stlucians will make sure to visit it with their families. Can a new site for this location be explored. Stop being hypocrites stlucians.

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  12. I don't understand why some people are even commenting about progress, all of those who are running their mouth about how things are hard are the ones against it. I have never been to a Dolphin park and it will give me grateful pleasure to visit one in my country.

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  13. How many contracts did Kenny signed

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  14. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2638686/Free-Willy-Tourists-no-longer-want-whales-dolphins-performing-tricks-captivity-finds-new-survey.html

    86% of tourists DON'T want to see captive dolphins. This doesn't have to be political. It just makes bad business sense. These businesses are on the decline. This foreign company is just looking to St. Lucia to make a quick buck at the expense of our islands reputation.

    (7)(7)
    • Sorry to say but that survey is proves nothing. We know nothing of the study pool or the study that was carried out.

      (6)(0)
  15. Some of us slaughter and eat the dolphins. (Mashwain) Oh the hypocrisy ! I'm in total agreement with the writer.
    The truth jabs deeper, therefore it always hurts. There are few places in the Caribbean that I know of with dolphin parks. They are major tourist attractions plus they are at an advantage. Medical professionals are able to monitor for injury as opposed to their natural habitat.
    Let us think for ourselves my people and not allow others to manipulate us into pursuing otherwise. Think outside the box. The pros far exceeds the cons. By the way, I'm a liberal.

    (14)(6)
  16. You think that the issue is about dolphins? Stray dogs has been a challenge for us and although they may be seen as man's best friend to the rest of the world, this is never apparent here. A dog stayed with his aged master until the end near the Getrine river and retuned to his family to inform of his demise, you think we as a nation has any appreciation for animals when it affects our bottom line? Most people in St. Lucia like (black fish) dolphin as a delicacy and nothing to do with protecting it as a pet. All the people who are crying foul are just hypocrites, why not extend your sensitivities to the many vagrants we have roaming uncontrollably the city's streets? Why not a little sympathy for all the mentally sick who search the garbage bins whole day looking for food? Why not some consideration for the nation's youth who are facing unemployment and see crime as the only other lucrative alternative?

    You people need to start thinking deeper and solve these essential issues that we have. You think that a dolphin is important? I would love to eat that dolphin off of your mind so you can focus on starvation, unemployment, crime and destitution facing the nation. Doesn't matter which government is in office but the task remain to put money on the table to pay for employment, housing and health. So what happens in other counties where there are aquariums and zoos? We had an elephant living near the pitons for nearly a decade. We had polar bears in St. Lucia with a visiting circus years ago, everybody was glad to pay their $5.00 to visit it. Nobody had never considerd its political value so it never became an issue. So is this really about dolphins????? St. Lucia is not a country which gives a damn about human life farless animals, they only care about party. I want one sane person to disprove that.

    (14)(7)
  17. JY well said all those types that oppose you the truth hurts that's all, a bunch of hypocrites, political slaves, the things they need to protest about they silent, hypocrites go an protest about crime, rape, stealing, abuse of minors, poverty, homeless people in the streets, incest etc. Just to mention a few, since when you'll so concerned about animal rights, all the stray dogs we have in the city what you'll saying, isn't that animals rights, Darm HYPOCRITES, just shut up and let the government work. HYPOCRITE

    (17)(10)
  18. total agreement with the views of the author because this is more than triple standard. What is good for you is bad for others, all a wee are st lucia struggling to get a simple job and additional tourist to the island.
    This park for for the children or youths of st lucian not the hard back hacks.

    Can some smarth guy do a simple survey in our schools and u will see the response. I did one and 90% of stundents support a dolphin park.

    Director of National Trust should keep his mouth shut and simple speck the facts what exist and the truth

    (18)(11)
  19. Why all the insults about who's head is where. Can't the discussion stay civil. This is exactly how the group got on at Bay Garden.

    (10)(3)
  20. St. Lucians are famous to be against EVERY new improvent. Remember how Rodney bay was decades ago? A mosquito dump for squatters. Do you remember that all the Lucians were AGAINST making this marina?

    Whats about the tunnels in Castries?

    Change does NOT happen by saying no. Lucians go on saying no, so I do not care about the average opinion. Lucians just want to smoke, drink and eat chicken 3 times a day.

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    • Oh yes, Rodney Bay is an excellent example!
      This city is absolutely horrible, without any soul or interest. Just a gigantic empty maul for tourist.
      Rodney looks like a microscopic version of Disney Land, and it's not a compliment.

      Hurray for changes !!!

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  21. concerned foreign citizen

    Oh my gosh. Language please. Chastenet anus? So disgusting. It's life. Some are for or against. No need to be so rude.

    (14)(0)
  22. JY you need to go and bathe in muddy water with your nonsense you are writing there. Wish to get to no you and I would hit you. I'm fed up with this uwp administration. That's the worst I have seen from any government. I voted uwp but honestly I regret. I just won't vote again.

    (5)(17)
  23. Some people post what they want, nothing for that
    Everyone have a right to voice their opinion,
    No one should be insulting anyone.
    John Douh, come on, children are reading these posts. St. Lucians let's stop giving each other maypwee because of politics. SMH.

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  24. JY, you are an absolute, complete and utter fool. Just because other places have this type of attraction does not mean St. Lucia needs one too. The people who are against this project recognize the harm that it can cause to our reputation as a tourist destination, the environment as well as the dolphins themselves. There are other avenues that can be pursued to help create jobs and generate revenue for the island but unfortunately those who are "in charge" seem to have tunnel vision.

    (9)(10)
  25. Yes we care !

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  26. this anonymous ass at it again. real idiot. always have a half ass comment. anyway, the author of that piece sucks. because if he is a st lucian like he claims(sold his flag so he aint care), he hwould be concern abour preserving the history of sweet st lucia. the location by anse la raye/canaries could be ideal, but still ano no for dolphins in captivity. we will be concern about dolphins, unlike the prime minister who dont give a dam about vieux fortians in relation to the dsh project. to date, he refuses to come down to vf to speak to the pple, he has blatantly said he dont care about wat vf pple think. so what the hell?

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  27. Correction: Canaries

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  28. Im all for the dolphin park...just not in the current proposed site..leave our landmarks untouched... Go to its initial site proposed when the plan came about give choiseul some jobs as well...and that goes for all other landmarks.... Maria islands..sandy beach inclusive.

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  29. That was a horrible letter you should feel bad

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  30. Jy you are the one here who is ignorant to tell me our history will be erased just to facilitate a dolphin Park what will be left for our coming generation no matter which government I'm sure majority of St lucians would protest to make a statement and call st lucians hypocrite and they making bom is an insult to our people the electorate voted chastnet to govern this country and work in the interest of the people not fulfill his father's dreams like he stated in his speech when questioned about the dolphin Park I'm sure if it was for your vote and chastnet family votes he would not be pm so st lucians unity walk in the light to build a strong nation and jy you will always remain a party hack when it's wrong it's wrong

    (6)(6)
  31. JY, you make me sick to quote the Prime Minister, I am ashamed of you. How dare you call yourself a St. Lucian

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  32. The author must be sucking, (and I literally mean sucking) Allen Chastanet's anus. He can't even avoid taking shit. You and your entire family must be in the "making bom" industry, with nowhere else to go. Time to take your tongue out of Chastanet's anus and clean it up with some chemico bleach you retard. You are of no use to society.

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  33. The author of this letter makes me ashamed to be called a st lucian

    Smh

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  34. The author of this perspective has only raised one question, and that is whether or not Saint Lucians really care about Dolphins. The answer is simple. Just look at the level of opposition to the project. You need my go any further than that.

    The problem of comparing it with the approval of the previous administration, is that it was not known to the public. Had they progressed to the point of initiation you would have heard similar cry's on one level.

    Notwithstanding this I think there's another perspective which is equally fundamental and should not be glossed over. And that is the location of the proposed park. At the Pigeon Island National Landmark it is going to impact adversely on the natural environment as well as desecrate a historic landmark.

    Its the complete analysis that makes the point. The sensitivity to the Dolphins, the environmental impact and the historic desecration; all at once

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    • I am in total agreement with you.

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    • Dolphins are cute

      The national trust itself is headquartered on a historical site. They were vehemently opposed to the JAZZ festival on the grounds that all those visitors would desecrate the very site that they occupy. I do believe in conservation of antiquities but I also want development. Last I checked all the bodies buried there weren't st Lucian's. They were mercenaries just like our governments.

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    • Dolphins are cute

      We should really conduct an e poll because I haven't heard any credible opposition to the project. All the opposition I've heard is based on politics and people who have very little idea of what goes on with dolphins in the wild via in a well managed sanctuary. Anexing pigeon island was opposed so was the marina even the hotels on the causeway. All you guys want are roads, playing fields, police stations and prisons. Since we have too many schools already. Government expenditure as opposed to external investment.

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    • If I could like this comment a million times I would. Very well said!

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    • Oh yeah! Do they really care? Let's see how many show up for the massive demonstration. Which is worse, a sanctuary or a slaughter house? Most persons may not know that dolphins are black fish or in Creole we say 'marshwain". Hypocrisy!

      (8)(0)
  35. Your sis, mom and woman are also on the Bom statistics record and they are cheap less than $700 GD

    (19)(8)

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