Did you know that many popular travel sites online participate in promoting and selling tickets to attractions that keep dolphins and whales in captivity? They do – but the good news is some, such as Virgin Holidays, have decided to end ticket sales to such facilities. In November 2021, Expedia Group also announced that they would no longer offer activities that involved captive dolphins or whales.
If you’re making travel plans, please take a moment to check if your favorite sites promote marine mammal captivity. If so, respectfully request that they cease any partnerships with such attractions. Remember: captivity doesn’t just include glass and concrete tanks; many swim-with-dolphins attractions keep the mammals in seemingly “natural” facilities, but captivity is captivity. Learn more here.
Below is a list of major booking sites that currently sell admission tickets to well-known captive facilities. We’ve included a sample message below you can use in your communication with them.
If you don’t want to use these services when making travel arrangements, look for ways to book directly, and consider whether a hotel or airline has any partnerships with nearby captive facilities. If you choose to avoid them for that reason, please let them know why they have lost your business.
By being an educated consumer and respectfully voicing your customer concerns, you can advocate on behalf of dolphins in captivity worldwide.