virgin stop captive whales & dolphin trips
Virgin Holidays says it has stopped selling tickets to captive whale and dolphin encounters, for example, SeaWorld.
The firm said it had separated the last five such attractions it promoted, which accounted for in excess of 20,000 tickets sold last year.
Animal rights activists state keeping cetaceans in captivity restricts their movement and can prompt aggressive conduct, illness, and even death.
Thomas Cook chopped out trips to SeaWorld over animal welfare concerns
Virgin said it had been working towards its objective since 2014 when it offered tickets to about 20 captive whale and dolphin encounters.
The firm, which offers tickets to different attractions as part of its vacation bundles, said the final destinations to be cut out were:
- SeaWorld, San Diego
- SeaWorld, Orlando
- Discovery Cove, Orlando
- Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
- Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas.
However, it said they would still offer tickets to the hotels at the Atlantis resorts.
In July 2018 Thomas Cook stopped promoting animal stops that keep killer whales, saying 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare.
Inquired as to why Virgin hadn't followed suit then, Virgin said it had been quick to concoct alternatives to enable customers to see whales and dolphins in the wild.
Joe Thompson, managing director of Virgin Holidays, stated: "We will instead focus our efforts on encouraging customers to see these creatures in the wild.
"We will also continue our efforts to support the development of sanctuaries for whales and dolphins currently in captivity."