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[2012] Mayor’s Speech

  • We Sincerely Hope that Jedori Can Swim Freely along the Gureombi Coast

  • [2012] Mayor’s Speech SMG 1317


    Date: March 9, 2012

    Venue: Seoul Grand Park

    Today, I met the dolphins known as Jedori, Geumdeungi, and Daepo. To put your concerns to rest, I would like to assure you that all dolphins, including a Japanese dolphin, are being well cared for and protected. Many citizens have expressed their concerns about Jedori and given many good opinions. I have had only a short time to learn about the overall situation, but I did my best to review every single detail.

    Jedori will soon be returned to his home, and I sincerely hope that he will be able to swim freely along the Gureombi Coast. To help him, I will seek ways to make sure that he is protected. Our plans will be carried out in consideration of the rights and happiness of Jedori and other dolphins like him.

    One of the key factors in good city administration is finding the right places for talented human resources, taxpayers’ money, and many more elements. Of course, dolphins are included. As such, administration is about providing support and arbitration to ensure that the needed resources get to the right places.

    Jedori was brought here through illegal poaching, and as I understand it, Seoul Grand Park is not legally responsible as it was not aware of the poaching in the first place. But now, Jedori needs to go back to Jejudo Island and swim freely in the ocean. After Jedori’s release, the dolphin show at the zoo will be suspended temporarily, but not permanently. I will seek the feedback and opinions of numerous experts and citizens, but of course, the goal here is to protect the rights of dolphins and ensure their happiness.

    Also, several discussions have been held on the maintenance of Seoul Grand Park, and we hope to transform it into the world’s only zoo designed specifically for citizens. We will make this dream come true together with our beloved citizens.

    Thank you.