I spent a couple of hours oustude Genting Casino in Shaftesbury Avenue, London yesterday handing out leaflets and talking to people about the 24 dolphins being held at Genting Casino’s S,E,A Aquarium in Singapore. Even though I was not there too long I managed to hand out several leaflets and talk to many people. Most people had not made the link between the Genting Casinos and captive wild dolphins. Indeed I had not either until informed. Several people were aghast and said that they will never go there and will tell their friends about it if they mention any interest in visiting the casino.
There were some memorable encounters. One was a young guy who was with a friend whose opening words to me were “I love dolphins. You’re going to make me cry aren’t you…” He was quite upset when I told him about the dolphins in Singapore. He knew about Taiji Cove too. He took a leaflet and will look it up. I told his friend to take a photo of him with our dolphin (incidentally that was one of the original dolphin costumes in the UK that was used in the campaign against the dolphinarium in Windsor) to cheer him up and he did.
I spoke to another couple. One of them was well versed in captive cetacean issues and he had been to see “Blackfish”. His friend had not and was not aware of Taiji or captive cetacean issues but he is now.
A taxi driver stopped to pick up a leaflet and said he was unaware of the Genting Casino dolphin link. Now a London cabbie is a great person to enrol in the cause. I know that whenever he drives past or if he has to drive a client to the casino he will talk about their captive dolphins. London Black Cab drivers talk and like to share their knowledge. Hmmm maybe it would be good to get more cabbies aware of some issues. It’s a crazy cunning plan but it might just work…
There was one gentleman who seemed to misunderstand and took the leaflet we gave him into the casino. I think he expected to see dolphins in there! Well, he would have carried our message and started a conversation about the dolphins anyway so that is a result.
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