Wednesday, September 23

Deep disappointment as Expedia Group decides to continue profiting from dolphin cruelty

We believe this move from Expedia Group is an empty commitment, which allows it to continue exploiting dolphins in captivity for profit through ticket sales and promotion.

Tourists posing with a captive dolphin at SeaWorld San Antonio, USA - Wildlife. Not entertainers - World Animal Protection

Tourists posing with a captive dolphin at SeaWorld San Antonio, USA

It falls short of the bar set by recent commitments from other global travel companies, such as TripAdvisor, Virgin Holidays, Airbnb and Booking.com. 

Fooling customers

We have serious concerns with WAZA for not holding member and affiliated facilities to high enough animal welfare standards. 

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Please stop selling, offering or promoting any dolphin shows or experiences. 

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Its code of ethics state that activities should ‘not demean or trivialise the animal in any way’. However, our recent report discovered that numerous WAZA member venues are breaking these rules, causing immense suffering for wild animals.

Dolphins in entertainment at Zoomarine Portugal - Wildlife. Not entertainers - World Animal Protection

A trainer riding on the back of a dolphin in captivity at Zoomarine, Portugal

By aligning itself with WAZA’s poor track record of enforcing animal welfare standards, Expedia Group is attempting to fool people into believing it cares about wild animals. 

Dolphin suffering

Expedia Group’s new animal policy claims that when done ‘responsibly and thoughtfully’, activities involving animals can help foster connections with the natural world and contribute towards conservation efforts.

But seeing dolphins perform circus-style tricks in tiny artificial enclosures doesn’t bring people closer to understanding the natural world.

Dolphins performing at cruel dolphin attraction - Wildlife. Not entertainers - World Animal Protection

Trainer standing on dolphins’ noses at Zoomarine, Portugal

Our data shows that almost a third of all dolphin venues worldwide fall under Expedia Group’s new policy: at least 96 dolphin venues, which keep over 1,190 dolphins

We won’t back down

Despite this disappointing update, we won’t end our campaign against Expedia Group. We’re urging it to reconsider its policy and end support for these inhumane tourist attractions.

305,700 of you have already signed our petition urging it to end dolphin-cruelty and the number is growing. 

Many leading travel companies have done the right thing by wild animals recently – so let’s keep the pressure on Expedia Group and ensure it follows their lead.

Sign the Expedia Group petition

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Please stop selling, offering or promoting any dolphin shows or experiences. 

50,642 signatures out of
50,000

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Afghanistan
Aland Islands
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
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Bahamas
Bahrain
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Belarus
Belgium
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Benin
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Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bouvet Island
Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Caribbean Netherlands
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Colombia
Comoros
Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo (Kinshasa)
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
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Ecuador
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Falkland Islands
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Finland
France
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Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
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Saint Barthélemy
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin (French part)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
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Samoa
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