From The New Zealand Herald
Dolphin-for-sale hoax angers SPCA, DoC
By Angela Gregory
The hoax sale of a dolphin on the Trade Me website has angered the SPCA, which says it has never been inundated with so many complaints.
The “seller” from West Auckland claimed the dolphin was being kept in a domestic swimming pool after being accidentally caught in a net during a weekend fishing trip.
SPCA national chief executive Robyn McDonald said the hoax was an irresponsible attempt at self-promotion at the expense of New Zealand’s international reputation as a nation that cares for animals.
She had received hundreds of concerned emails and telephone calls.
“While the majority of these simply expressed their concern, there were also comments along the lines of Kiwis will sell anything. Even though the posting has now been revealed as a hoax, our national reputation will still have sustained some damage.”
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