Why an ‘accredited’ tank is not enough
Recently we went to Expedia Group’s London offices to highlight the fact that they are still profiting from dolphin cruelty despite 260,000 supporters around the world asking them to stop, as well as 40,000 people emailing them. When asked to comment by a journalist from the Metro, an Expedia spokesperson said:
‘We are working closely with globally respected organizations to re-examine our animal welfare policy. We are still working on the policy and while we can share there will be a particular focus on the value of those that are members of and/ or accredited by The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums or one of their regionally recognised organisations, we have no news to share today. We will also be clarifying existing policies and developing new policies related to animal activities outside of zoos and aquariums.’
While it is great to hear that Expedia Group are re-examining their animal welfare policy, we urge them to go further and stop profiting from dolphins in captivity. Saying that they could choose to continue to work with zoo “accredited” captive dolphin venues is not enough.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) are a global alliance of zoos and aquariums with over 280 direct members and approximately 1,200 associated member facilities through 24 different national and regional associations.