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World Animal Protection
Colombian artists come together to protect the Pink Amazon Dolphins
With a forceful rap, artists like Roberto Cano, Javier Fonseca, Carolina Cruz, Juan Manuel Lennis, Jimena Angel, Arnoldo Cantillo, Paula Matura, Ricardo Mejía, and many more, joined World Animal Protection to make a call to the Colombian population to protect the Pink River Dolphins from being used as bait.
The Pink River Dolphins are cruelly killed and used to entice the Piracatinga fish, a type of catfish that are drawn towards their meat, making it easier for fishermen to catch the fish. The Piracatinga fish poses a threat to public health. The catfish often has high levels of mercury, which is ingested by people who eat the fish.
CREATE AWARENESS AMONG COLOMBIANS
“This campaign is very important because few people know the reality of what is happening with the pink dolphin, and by knowing it, they will understand everything. It is one thing to listen and another thing to understand the problem and be aware of what it is about, “explained Carolina Cruz, model & Colombian presenter.
With this rap, the artists intend to discourage the consumption of Piracatinga fish in the Colombian population, so that a decrease in demand will help to curb the growing market of this scavenger fish and, as a consequence, the use of the Pink River Dolphin as bait.
“The Pink River Dolphin is a wonderful being it has magic and mystique. There are a lot of myths about the Pink River Dolphin and it is an important being for the ecosystem of the Amazon and perhaps for the world too, so a campaign like this is super important, because it is for life, it is for the Pink River Dolphin, it is for all of us,” said Javier Fonseca, from Alerta Kamarada. The actor, Arnold Cantillo, also commented: “We are what we eat. And if we are what we eat, then, when you eat something that does not contribute or contribute to the environment, you are destroying yourself.
The video of the Guardian of the Pink Dolphin campaign seeked to reduce the consumption of speckled fish in the Colombian population as a means to avoid the hunting of dolphins.
But concrete institutional actions are needed to end the illegal killing of this animal. To date, Invima has not released the results of its analyzes on mercury levels of speckled fish entering Colombia. Other institutions, such as the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Authority (AUNAP), have not communicated how to close the step of the speckfish from Brazil in the Leticia region and other border points. Neither is the consumer cheating, who unknowingly buys this fish under false names.
“In Brazil there is a five-year moratorium on fishing and commercialization of Piracatinga fish, which has been in force since 2015. But it is almost impossible to control its passage through the border. Only if the Colombian authorities put a brake on the entrance of Piracatinga fish, and if the Colombian consumer stops asking for it in the market, can we end the slaughter of dolphins in the Amazon, “argues Roberto Vieto, Wildlife Protection Manager World Animal.
BE PART OF THE CHANGE
Become a guardian of the pink dolphin HERE, #NoteDejesEngañar. Join the more than 300 thousand who are already guardians of the Pink River Dolphin and inform your friends and family about this situation. Together we can move the world to protect the Pink River Dolphins!