TripAdvisor to stop selling tickets to whale, dolphin attractions including SeaWorld
Travel platform TripAdvisor has announced they will no longer sell tickets to attractions that keep whales, dolphins and other cetaceans in captivity.
They also revealed they won’t generate revenue from attractions such as SeaWorld.
The new policy will become enforced by the end of this year.
Dermot Halpin, President, TripAdvisor Experiences and Rentals said:
"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.
"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.
Dr. Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist, Animal Welfare Institute added:
"TripAdvisor is on the right side of history.
"Whales and dolphins cannot thrive in captivity and enlightened tourists no longer tolerate exploiting these intelligent and socially complex marine predators for human entertainment."