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TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to attractions that breed captive dolphins, whales

TripAdvisor: The evidence presented 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.

JAYME DEERWESTER:TripAdvisor announced that it will no longer sell tickets or generate revenue from attractions that breed or import whales, dolphins and porpoises for public display. The tourism company says that over the next few months, attractions found to be in violation of the rule will be removed from the site and that it expects the policy to take full effect by year’s end. The company says it consulted marine biologists, zoologists and conservationists before making its decision.

“The extensive evidence presented to us by the experts was compelling,” said Dermot Halpin, the president of TripAdvisor Experiences and Rentals in a press release. “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. 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”…

Halpin noted that sanctuaries that provide a “permanent seaside living environment” for rescued captive animals are exempt from the new policy on whales, dolphins and porpoises… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praised the new policy. “TripAdvisor is rightly rejecting animal-exploiting operations, and PETA is calling on tourists and all other travel companies to do the same,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement’. SOURCE…

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