Expedia Group is increasing its marketing efforts and positioning itself as a force for good, as travel restrictions in many countries are relaxed and more people can travel far.
The company continues to promote captive dolphins and make money from them. This industry is where dolphins are born every year into misery and entertainment.
Expedia Group continues to make money from captivity even though travel is all about freedom.
Dolphins are captured from the wild every year and brought into captivity to begin their long lives. Captive life is a world apart from wild life. They are kept in featureless tanks that are 200,000 times smaller than their natural habitat. Also, they are unable to form pods with dolphins they choose. They are forced to perform for loud crowds.
The life of a dolphin in captivity is one of suffering. Yet, the captive dolphin industry continues selling tourists the myth of the happy captive dolphin. Unfortunately, every ticket sold supports the industry and ensures cruelty never ends.
Travel companies not only sell large amounts of tickets but also promote captive dolphin experiences as part a happy, carefree holiday.
It is the responsibility of travel companies to make sure they don’t profit from animal cruelty-related ticket sales. Companies like Booking.com and Tripadvisor have stopped selling captive dolphin experiences. Expedia Group must be a “force of good” if they truly want to be a force for good.
This is the last generation of dolphins kept in captivity.
Our 2019 Behind the Smile Report evaluated the role and impact of the travel industry on captive dolphin entertainment. Expedia Group sold tickets to the largest ten dolphin facilities in the world, and many other venues. Expedia Group offers tickets to facilities that can sustain at least 600 dolphins in captivity worldwide.
We met with Expedia Group in 2019 thanks to the support of over 300,000. The company refused to remove captive dolphin sales. We stopped travel and put our campaign on hold until the pandemic struck.
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We were excited to revive the campaign as over 3,000 dolphins are still in tanks around the world. We relaunched the campaign last month just as Expedia Group started launching new, big-budget marketing campaigns. Once again, our supporters supported the campaign by calling Expedia Group on Twitter and writing to the company’s Board of Director. Expedia Group has not responded to our inquiries so far.
#NoTanksExpedia: It’s time for an end to cruelty
Despite not having the usual flow of visitors in the last year, venues have continued to breed dolphins. As long as Expedia Group, a travel company, will continue to sell tickets to captive venues for breeding dolphins, wild capture and other activities, it is likely that they will continue to be incentivised. Captive venues may claim that they are doing conservation work but bottlenose dolphins, which are the most common species found in captive venues, are not endangered. This cruelty is unnecessary.
We are asking you to sign our petition and #NoTanksExpedia.
We will be asking our friends, supporters, and influencers to share our messages via social media with their networks and families. This will let Expedia Group know that they are ready to end their support for dolphin captivity.
Expedia Group needs as many voices as possible in order to make sure we are heard. You cannot sell dolphin experiences that are cruel and still be a force for good.