Expedia bans holidays that include captive dolphin and whale shows

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  11th November 2021

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Travel company Expedia has announced it has stopped selling holiday packages that include live shows by captive dolphins and whales


Travel giant Expedia is the latest holiday company to stop selling holidays that include performances of captive dolphins and whales.

Expedia Group took to Twitter to announce its monumental move to adjust its animal welfare policy for the better.

Animal welfare groups have campaigned for years to end travel companies promoting animal exploitation.

Moreover, campaigners are hopeful that Expedia’s latest announcement will influence more travel companies to do the same.

Expedia animal welfare movement

Expedia’s recent animal welfare change to its animal welfare policy signifies sufficient progress to end the exploitation of captive animals.

In Expedia’s wildlife guidelines, it says: “We prohibit activities that feature interactions with or performances by dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans.

“Seaside sanctuaries that provide captive animals with a permanent seaside living environment are allowed if they are accredited and do not feature interactions or performance.”

Additionally, the company highlights it only works with zoos and aquariums that are members of or are in the process of gaining accreditation from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

In a statement, Katheryn Wise from World Animal Protection said: “This is amazing news and something we have been campaigning for since 2019.

Wise continued to explain the animal welfare group gained over 350,000 supporters in its campaign to stop Expedia from promoting cruel dolphin and whale shows.

They added: “It’s time for other travel giants like TUI to do the right thing and follow suit.”


Is this the end of the exploitation of captive dolphins and whales?

In recent years, there has been a surge in demand to end performances of captive dolphins and whales.

Since the release of the documentary Blackfish, venues such as SeaWorld have seen a sharp decline in attendance and support.

Additionally, the added pressure for campaigners has forced travel giants Virgin Holidays and Thomas Cook to stop the sale of SeaWorld tickets and rethink its animal welfare policy.

Furthermore, it is clear that mass campaigning to end the exploration of animals is working.

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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