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Rights Group: Solomon Islands Dolphins Held Under 'Appalling' Conditions


An animal rights group says more than 40 dolphins are being held under what it calls "appalling" conditions in the Solomon Islands.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals says the dolphins are being kept in cages in overcrowded, shallow and polluted pens off the island of Gavutu in the Pacific island nation.

The group says the dolphins suffer from cuts, scratches and sunburn, and appear to be undernourished and stressed.

The group urged the Solomon Islands to rehabilitate and release the dolphins into the wild.

Last year, 28 dolphins were transported by plane from the Solomon Islands to Mexico, sparking international criticism.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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