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October 03, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

TripAdvisor stops selling tickets to SeaWorld and other attractions that enslave whales and dolphins

TripAdvisor stops selling tickets to SeaWorld and other attractions that enslave whales and dolphins
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In a significant victory for dolphins, whales, porpoises and other marine mammals, and a strong message to companies that force them to perform, TripAdvisor has announced that they will no longer be selling tickets to SeaWorld and other companies that profit from their abuse.

The company and its subsidiary Viator, will no longer generate revenue from, any attraction that continues to contribute to the captivity of future generations of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). The exception being, seaside sanctuaries that provide care to cetaceans already in captivity. Products currently on sale and found to breach the new rules will be removed over the next few months, with the policy in full force by the end of 2019.

"The extensive evidence presented to us by the experts was compelling. Whales and dolphins do not thrive in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild," commented Dermot Halpin, President, TripAdvisor Experiences and Rentals. "We believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely throughout the travel industry."

Conservation groups and animal welfare experts welcomed the move as an important step forward.

"TripAdvisor is on the right side of history," said Dr. Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist, Animal Welfare Institute told the Independent. "Whales and dolphins cannot thrive in captivity and enlightened tourists no longer tolerate exploiting these intelligent and socially complex marine predators for human entertainment."

"This sends a clear message to other travel companies that we must end this cruel industry once and for all," said Nick Stewart, Global Head of Wildlife, Dolphins, World Animal Protection. "Together we can ensure this is the last generation of dolphins held captive for entertainment."

"Our aim is not only to prevent future generations of whales and dolphins from being raised in captivity, but also to encourage the industry to move towards alternative models, like seaside sanctuaries, that will better provide for the needs of the current captive population," added Dermot Halpin, President, TripAdvisor Experiences and Rentals. "Seaside sanctuaries have enormous potential, but they need more backing from the tourism industry. As long as facilities with captive whales and dolphins continue to profit from keeping these animals in smaller, cheaper and less natural living environments, then they don't have enough incentive to adopt serious change. We hope our announcement today can help turn the tide."

Read the TripAdvisor Cetaceans Welfare Policy.


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