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More good news for WDC’s End Captivity tour operators campaign

Two orcas in captivity

WDC’s ongoing campaign asking tour operators not to promote cruel whale and dolphin captivity shows received another boost following the news that travel giant Expedia has become the latest company to ban the sale of holidays involving dolphins and whales.

In a statement, Expedia announced that ‘attractions and activities that involve performances by, or interactions with whales and dolphins would no longer be available on their sites.’ The company intends implementing this new policy fully by 2022.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit parks and zoos holding whales and dolphins in captivity. This is why we have been  campaigning to persuade the travel industry to stop promoting these 'attractions'.

Our work has helped ban captivity in India, end Virgin Holiday’s support for SeaWorld, prevent beluga whales begin imported in the US for captive facilities, and help create the world's first ocean sanctuary for whales.

Our recent #LockdownNeverEnds campaign saw more than 20,000 people sign our petition asking TUI to stop supporting captivity. We will be seeking to meet with TUI representatives soon to hand over the petition and explore how we can help them become a positive force for whales and dolphins.

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