Australia: Death threats to Port dolphins29th Oct 2002 Story: www.theadvertiser.news.com.au
Death threats had been made against the Port River dolphins, Environment Minister John Hill said yesterday.
They were aimed at scuttling the State Government's plans for a dolphin sanctuary in the river, Mr Hill said.
"A lunatic fringe wants to stop the Government from creating a safe haven for our dolphins," he told State Parliament yesterday.
Mr Hill said Premier Mike Rann had received a letter "from what appears to be a disturbed individual who said in part: `move all the dolphins out of the river. I personally volunteer for this distasteful, but necessary task and I have some friends that would be more than happy to lend a hand'."
Mr Hill said staff in his department had also received "unsettling" telephone calls.
The callers had warned that "people would go after the dolphins" with powerhead explosives.
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