You moved Expedia Group to stop selling cruel captive whale and dolphin activities 

08/11/2021

Global online travel company Expedia Group has announced it will end its support for whale and dolphin interactions and circus-style performances by prohibiting their sale. 

Expedia Group joins other major travel brands like TripAdvisor, Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays and Booking.com who have already committed to stop selling tickets to captive dolphin shows and encounters. 

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Thank you! This announcement from Expedia Group which includes brands like Hotels.com, Trivago and Expedia.com - is testament to your perseverance.

More than 350,000 World Animal Protection supporters around the world have been campaigning tirelessly on this issue since 2019, keeping up the pressure on the travel giant to do the right thing.

Ben Pearson, Interim Country Director, World Animal Protection Australia said:

“This is a huge step towards our goal of ending dolphin cruelty. We want this to be the last generation of whales and dolphins suffering in captivity for entertainment.

“For too long, dolphins and whales have been forced to perform and live for 50 years in, small barren tanks. The travel industry makes huge profits from this and fuels the cruelty.”

Expedia Group joins other major travel brands like TripAdvisor, Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays and Booking.com who have already committed to stop selling tickets to captive dolphin shows and encounters. 

As well as changes from the travel industry, earlier this year, there is a global movement towards better treatment of dolphins, which includes the nations of Canada, France, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK.

“This latest move by the world's largest travel company Expedia Group is a positive one, but there is still work to do. The cruel commercial exploitation of dolphins and other wildlife has no place in modern society. Dolphins are wild animals, not entertainers.” Mr Pearson added.

Together, we can make this the last generation of dolphins bred at Sea World to entertain visitors.  

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