The international travel recommendation and review website, TripAdvisor, announced this week that they would not be selling any tickets to shows with whales.
Global – Can we get a whoop-whoop? When the world raises their voices, companies listen! People have been complaining about the cruelty involved in keeping animals captive for entertainment at a louder and louder volume over the years. Over time, companies have started listening.
Animal circuses have been banned in many places, and more companies are moving to use computer-generated animals instead of living ones. People are also boycotting companies that still live animals for entertainment.
TripAdvisor, one of the top review and recommendation websites on the web, has joined the conversation. This week they announced they are stopping the sale of tickets to places where cetaceans are forced to perform for crowds. This includes the highly controversial SeaWorld, who infamously have a more substantial parking lot than the accommodation for their killer whales. Cetaceans are aquatic mammals (whales).
“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,” Dermot Halpin, president of TripAdvisor experiences and rentals, said in a statement.
“We believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely throughout the travel industry.”
This follows on the heels of their decision to stop advertising and selling tickets to elephant rides, selfies with tigers and other tourist entertainment deemed cruel to animals.
They are working to be on the right side of history but did mention that ticket sales for sanctuaries and animal safe-havens, will not be affected. They plan to do away with the ticket sales for venues failing their standards by the end of 2019.
“Products currently on sale and found to breach the new rules will be removed over the next few months, with the policy in full force by the end of 2019. The new policy will not apply to seaside sanctuaries that provide care to cetaceans already in captivity.”