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The Expedia Animal Welfare Policy Bans Dolphin Shows — Best Life

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Expedia payments itself as a one-stop journey web site, the place vacationers can plan total holidays and holidays by selecting from numerous totally different automobile, flight, resort, and exercise bundles. The advertising has paid off: Expedia Group, which operates numerous journey websites together with Expedia, Hotels.com, and Orbitz, was the highest journey firm on the planet by gross sales in 2020, beating out its rivals by greater than $5 billion in income, per BizVibe. And with the corporate nonetheless main the pack as essentially the most highly effective journey company in 2021, it is clear Expedia is free to make its personal guidelines. With that in thoughts, the journey firm has simply introduced that it’s eliminating one kind of exercise for vacationers. Read on to seek out out what you possibly can not do when utilizing Expedia.

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Expedia permits vacationers to purchase vacation packages of every kind that embody varied actions and interactions. But the journey firm is barring one kind of package deal now, after updating its animal welfare coverage. The firm will now “prohibit actions that characteristic interactions with or performances by dolphins, whales, and different cetaceans,” underneath the corporate’s new pointers.

“We not too long ago adjusted our animal welfare policy. As a consequence, sights and actions that contain performances by or interactions with dolphins and different cetaceans will not be obtainable on our websites,” Expedia Group tweeted on Nov. 5.

The journey firm did word that there have been restricted exceptions to this new coverage. “Seaside sanctuaries that present captive animals with a everlasting seaside residing setting are allowed if they’re accredited and don’t characteristic interactions or performances,” Expedia states in its pointers.

San Antonio, Texas - May 19 2020: SeaWorld entry sign with water slide in background
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Expedia’s new coverage means the corporate has stopped promoting tickets to SeaWorld alongside different “swim with dolphins” encounters, based on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group says this transfer comes after 5 years of conferences and stress from its marketing campaign and supporters.

“In ‘swim with’ applications, dolphins are confined to barren tanks or makeshift lagoons with no selection however to swim in limitless circles. Many die prematurely due to the annoying circumstances of captivity,” PETA states on its web site.

Katheryn Wise, a marketing campaign supervisor from the wildlife charity Wild Animal Protection, informed The Guardian that her group has additionally been pushing journey firms like Expedia to make this modification for years. “This is superb information and one thing that we’ve got been campaigning for since 2019. We are so happy that they’ve listened,” she stated. “Travel firms play an enormous position in driving captive dolphin leisure and as one of many largest journey firms on the planet we’re delighted that Expedia Group are making a stand. It’s time for different journey giants … to do the suitable factor and comply with swimsuit.”

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LONDON- JANUARY, 2020: Virgin Holidays, a travel agency company under the Virgin Group
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Other journey firms have already barred clients from buying journey packages with related actions. In 2019, Virgin Holidays introduced that it could formally finish gross sales and promotion of tourism sights that contain captive whales, dolphins, and different cetaceans, as reported by TravelPulse.

“Many not take into account whale and dolphin exhibits and ‘swim withs’ to be acceptable and most would relatively take pleasure in these magnificent creatures of their pure setting,” Richard Branson, founding father of the Virgin Group that heads Virgin Holidays, wrote in a submit on the time.

According to PETA, dozens of firms, together with Tripadvisor and Southwest Airlines, have additionally stopped promoting tickets to SeaWorld and different marine mammal parks. “Other firms—equivalent to Mastercard and Savings.com—ended ‘swim with dolphins’ promotions way back after studying concerning the cruelty inherent in maintaining delicate, clever cetaceans captive,” the group states.

Kyiv, Ukraine - January 24, 2018: Woman using Expedia app on Apple iPhone 8 plus at home for search for airline tickets
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Expedia does not simply prohibit captive dolphin exhibits. The journey firm has beforehand barred packages that embody different animal actions as effectively. This consists of not promoting actions to venues that host wild animals like unique pet cafes and touring zoos, sights the place animals are bred for industrial functions, visits to venues the place merchandise sourced from wild animals are offered, and experiences the place wild animals are required to carry out in a demeaning or unnatural method for leisure functions.

“Travel is a pressure for good. Expedia Group powers international journey for everybody, in all places, and helps them accomplish that with respect for the individuals, animals, and pure environments of our planet,” the corporate states on its web site. “When executed responsibly and thoughtfully, actions that includes animals can instill a deeper reference to the pure world, promote conservation, improve the human expertise, and drive curiosity within the therapy and survival of all animals.”

Expedia informed PA Media that its ban towards actions that characteristic interactions with or performances by dolphins, whales, and different cetaceans “will take time to implement and [they] intend to compete the method by early 2022.” The firm added in an announcement to The Guardian, “We give our suppliers 30 days to adjust to the up to date coverage or face removing from the location.”

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