Singapore resort faces contempt charges in Philippine court over dolphins

2012-11-26 15:29:14 GMT2012-11-26 23:29:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa is facing indirect contempt charges in a Philippine court, a Singapore television channel reported on Monday.

The charges stem from the casino resort exporting dolphins while the case was still being heard, Channel NewsAsia said.

A judge has set the hearing in Quezon City Court for Feb. 15 next year.

The Earth Island Institute Philippines, Philippine Animal Welfare Society and CARE Welfare Philippines filed a motion on Nov. 20 this year. Even while the court was conducting a hearing on the motion for reconsideration, the respondents, including Resorts World Sentosa, had already flown out 11 dolphins from the country.

The casino resort has been under fire for the 25 bottlenose dolphins it brought to Singapore despite calls by animal right activists to release them back to their natural habitat off the Solomon Islands. They had been tamed and trained in Subic Bay in the Philippines. One of the dolphins, which will be on display next year, died on the flight to Singapore recently.

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