For Immediate Release:
3 October, 2019
New Pro-Animal Policy Locks Out Captive Cetacean Displays
Sydney – Three years ago, TripAdvisor took a bold step in ending its promotions of elephant rides, tiger encounters, “swim with dolphins” excursions, and many other animal attractions. Now, the company has announced that it will no longer sell tickets to any attraction that breeds or imports captive cetaceans for public display. The move follows a consultation process that involved PETA US. TripAdvisor has stated that the goal of its policy is to help ensure that the current generation of cetaceans in captivity is the last.
“TripAdvisor has officially rejected tourism to marine-mammal prisons like the Gold Coast’s Sea World, where sensitive, complex, far-ranging aquatic animals are kept in tiny tanks,” says PETA’’s Emily Rice. “TripAdvisor is rightly rejecting animal-exploiting operations, and PETA is calling on tourists and all other travel companies to do the same.”
In nature, dolphins swim up to 100 kilometres per day, dive to depths well over 300 metres below the ocean’s surface, and maintain dynamic relationships within large social networks. They navigate by echolocation, but in captivity, the reverberations from their own sonar bounce off the tank walls, which can drive them insane.
TripAdvisor joins a long list of companies – including British Airways, Virgin Holidays, and United Airlines – that have stopped promoting dolphin shows.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence towards other animals. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.