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Captive dolphins perform for cruise passengers at the COSTA MAYA Resort, MEXICO.

Ending demand

Stop tour operators supporting whale and dolphin captivity

What's the problem?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit facilities holding whales and dolphins in captivity. These facilities range from glitzy theme parks to seaside pools offering the chance to kiss, touch and swim with dolphins. The standard of welfare varies from location to location but the scientific evidence is conclusive. Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity is cruel.

One of our long-term goals is to persuade the travel industry to stop promoting these 'attractions' to their customers.

What change do we want to see?

We need all UK tour operators, airlines and cruise companies to stop selling trips to 'attractions' featuring captive whales or dolphins.

Together we need to:

  1. Stop holiday companies promoting SeaWorld and other places holding whales and dolphins captive to 'entertain' humans.
  2. Persuade tour operators and cruise companies to stop offering their customers trips to swim with captive dolphins.
  3. Ensure travel industry authorities like ABTA hold their members to account and make sure they adhere to guidelines and stop promoting whale and dolphin captivity.

 

Forgotten Dolphins

The story so far

We've targeted some of the biggest players in the travel industry and are making progress.

Forgotten Dolphins

SUCCESS!

We presented 304,996 petition signatures to British Airways asking them to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and presented scientific evidence that whales and dolphins are not suited to captivity. The airline has listened and will no longer support these attractions.

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SUCCESS!

We asked Richard Branson to stop Virgin Holidays selling trips to SeaWorld and our campaign went viral. Now Virgin Holidays has announced that it will no longer sell tickets to SeaWorld or other captive facilities

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STILL TO PERSUADE

We are calling on Carnival, the world's biggest cruise company, to stop selling 'shore excursions' to swim with captive dolphins. We presented a petition to Carnival when we met with senior executives to discuss our campaign.

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We're asking Carnival to stop exploiting dolphins

Dolphins should not be held captive to be kissed by tourists every day. Dolphins should be free to live with their families making their own choices about how they spend their days.

Carnival is the largest cruise operator in the world. It owns big names like P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard and others. You may have signed our petition asking Carnival to end its support for these cruel 'attractions'.  We presented this petition to senior Carnival executives at a meeting at their headquarters in Miami. This was a great opportunity to provide them with information about how swim-with-dolphins facilities are bad for the dolphins held captive and forced to interact with tourists, as well as for the environment and the wild dolphin populations left behind. We also talked with them about sanctuaries as the long term solution for the captivity industry and asked for their support.

We're not going to win this one overnight and our approach is one of evolution, rather than revolution. With your support, we will continue our dialogue with them.

If Carnival takes a stand, others may follow. So we've asked Carnival to show us they're the leader they claim to be. It's time to stop profiting from dolphin exploitation.

J0DR79 Captive dolphins perform for cruise passengers at the COSTA MAYA  Resort, MEXICO.

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Ending the demand: we've achieved a lot together

Virgin Holidays agreed to stop selling holidays to marine parks that take whales or dolphin from the wild.

British Airways ended its support for SeaWorld and other attractions featuring captive whales and dolphins.

Before it folded, Thomas Cook dropped 'attractions' that didn’t meet minimum welfare standards.

TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to facilities offering contact with captive, wild or endangered whales or dolphins.