BREAKING: TripAdvisor to End Ticket Sales to Captive Wild Animal Acts
TripAdvisor, one of the largest travel websites in the world with an average reach of 350 unique million visitors per month, will no longer sell tickets to certain captive wild animal attractions. As reported by the New York Times, exhibits which feature physical contact with animals, including swim-with-dolphins programs, elephant rides and petting zoos containing endangered species will no longer be promoted or sold.
This is great news. TripAdvisor did the responsible thing, putting compassion over profit. We hope other travel agencies will follow their lead and stop sending tourists to dolphinariums.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder and Director of Dolphin Project
The new policy, which will be fully implemented by the company and it’s tour subsidiary Viator, in early 2017, was a result of research and consultation with animal groups. This will be the first of its kind by an international travel booking company. A wildlife education component will also be introduced.
TripAdvisor’s new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections.” ~ Stephen Kaufer, Chief Executive and co-founder of TripAdvisor*
*Source: New York Times, 10-11-16
Like with any other business, dolphin captivity is based on supply and demand. The decision of TripAdvisor is going to have a huge effect on the demand side of this issue. It’s a major breakthrough and what we have been working towards for years.
Read the full text of TripAdvisor’s news release.
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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands