17 Oct 2007

30 live dolphins to be flown out of Solomon Islands to Dubai today

6:46 am on 17 October 2007

30 live dolphins will be flown from Solomon Islands to Dubai later today, after a failed attempt to get a court injunction stopping their export.

The company, Marine Mammal Education Centre and Exporters, says the dolphins will be flown to a marine park in the United Arab Emirates onboard two DC-10 aircraft.

The High Court in Honiara has dismissed an environmental group's attempt to stop the shipment, citing a lack of evidence.

Lawrence Makili, the Pacific director of the environmental organisation, Earth Island Institute, says the fight to prevent further exports will continue.

Mr Makili says he has a civil suit hearing at the High Court next week.