Category: Dolphin captivity

Another win against captivity! Thomas Cook stops selling SeaWorld tickets

Aug 21, 2018 by afdadmin
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Amazing news! Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s largest travel company, will no longer sell tickets to SeaWorld and Loro Parque, due to animal welfare concerns. The decision comes after increasing pressure from animal rights groups and activists, and changing customer expectations to take animal welfare into account. Thomas Cook chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, shared View full story

Empty the Tanks day 2018

May 18, 2018 by afdadmin
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On Saturday the 12th of May, Action for Dolphins attended the sixth annual Empty the Tanks demonstration outside Sea World on the Gold Coast. Our Public Engagement Officer, Hannah Tait, has written about the day. The demonstration was organised to begin at 10am yet, from 9:30am onwards carloads of people were arriving. The designated spot View full story

Open letter to Thomas Cook Group: Stop promoting and selling tickets to SeaWorld Orlando

May 10, 2018 by afdadmin
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Dear Mr Fankhauser and Board of Directors, Re: Thomas Cook Group and SeaWorld I am writing on behalf of Action for Dolphins (‘AFD’), a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, to request that Thomas Cook Group cease promoting and selling tickets to SeaWorld Orlando. It is admirable that Thomas Cook Group conducts animal welfare checks for the View full story

Dear Sea World: it’s time to empty the tanks

Apr 05, 2018 by afdadmin
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– By Olivia Perez Countries around the world are taking a stand against dolphin captivity. South Korea just approved a ban on importing dolphins captured in the Taiji hunts, Greece banned animal performances in 2012, and the last dolphinarium in the UK closed more than 20 years ago. But here in Australia, Sea World on the View full story

This student is trying to Empty the Tanks – and you can help her

Mar 20, 2018 by afdadmin
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Jasmine discovered dolphins at only seven years old and immediately fell in love. She decorated her room with dolphin posters and spent her time watching videos about them, taking every opportunity possible to appreciate them with her own eyes. At age nine, she began documenting these first-hand encounters with dolphins inside a journal. What she View full story

YES! Mexico City just banned dolphin captivity. And other countries are following suit.

Aug 14, 2017 by afdadmin
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– By Natalie Green This month finally saw dolphin captivity banned in Mexico City! After two failed attempts, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City passed a transformative bill outlawing dolphin captivity for the purpose of performance, training, swim-with programs, research and therapy. According to dolphin advocate Yolanda Alaniz, the vote was widely agreed upon: “All View full story

Celebrities should use their fame for good

Jan 17, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Michelle Helou Many celebrities have used their fame for good and supported the movement against dolphin captivity. Sean Penn, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Ariana Grande are just a few on a long list. However, there are still celebrities who unfortunately continue to support the dolphin and whale captivity View full story

TripAdvisor’s dolphin-friendly policy change

Nov 09, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Hannah Tait The voice of animal advocate groups and the cries of animals in captivity have finally been heard by the world’s leading travel site, TripAdvisor. On the 11th of October, the most popular travel advice website made a massive policy shift. The company announced it would no longer be possible to book attractions View full story

Five lies marine parks want you to believe

Apr 15, 2016 by afdadmin
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In a post-Blackfish world, people are becoming increasingly worried about the health and happiness of captive marine animals. They are beginning to question the moral grounds of marine parks altogether. And rightly so. Marine parks tell us a lot of things in an attempt to persuade the public what they are doing is safe and View full story