Travel platform TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to any attraction that continues to contribute to the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises. By the end of 2019 companies like SeaWorld will be banned from sale on the platform.
“The extensive evidence presented to us by the experts (marine biologists, zoologists and conservationists) 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,” commented TripAdvisor’s experiences and rentals president Dermot Halpin.
Conservation groups and animal welfare experts see this move as an essential step forward. “This sends a clear message to other travel companies that we must end this cruel industry once and for all,” said Nick Stewart, the global head of wildlife of World Animal Protection.
“TripAdvisor has once again established itself as an industry leader, evolving its policy to give the best possible advice: Never buy a ticket to any place where orcas, dolphins, or other ocean-going mammals are kept captive for public display,” said Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA.
Animal welfare policy
Tripadvisor launched its animal welfare policy in 2016. Back then they decided to stop selling tickets to experiences where travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals, such as elephant ride and tiger petting experiences. In 2018 they also banned demeaning animal shows and performances from sale.