Travel agency TripAdvisor will stop selling tickets to places of entertainment where whales and dolphins are bred

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But these places will not be deleted from the catalog.

Entertainment park SeaWorld / Photo Alamy

TripAdvisor, an American tourist service, said that by the end of 2019, it will completely stop selling tickets to water amusement parks that breed or import cetaceans. This was reported on the company’s website.

The new rules will not apply to coastal reserves that provide care for animals already in captivity. “Whales and dolphins do not thrive in the limited conditions of captivity, and we hope to see a future in which they will live as they should — freely and in the wild,” service representatives said.

“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.”

Dermot Halpin
President, TripAdvisor Experiences and Rentals

The company wants aquatic amusement parks to develop alternative models for keeping such animals. For example, a coastal reservoir in which whales and dolphins will be located as close to the natural environment as possible. Famous amusement parks such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque fall under the new rules. At the same time, the changes affect only the sale of tickets; places from catalogs will not be deleted. The service wants to be able to share their reviews of such attractions.

This step is a continuation of the TripAdvisor Animal Protection Campaign. Since 2016, the service does not sell tickets to places where tourists come in direct contact with animals. In 2018, the service stopped selling tickets to places where animals participate in “humiliating shows”.

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