Expedia, the main travel agency, bans dolphin and whale shows
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Expedia will no longer sell vacation packages that include captive dolphin and whale shows. It’s part of a recently updated animal welfare policy by the travel giant, which is said to be the “more powerful” in the world.
Expedia Animal Welfare Policy
The new animal guidelines focus on six key areas: nutrition, environment, health, behavior, choice and control, and emotional or mental states.
Expedia now prohibits interactions or performances by dolphins, whales and other cetaceans. Beach sanctuaries are allowed, as long as they are accredited and do not offer interactions or shows.
Likewise, the tour company does not allow intentional physical contact with other wild and exotic animals, including elephants, bears, big cats, primates and reptiles. It also prohibits depictions of wild animals that are “degrading” and “unnatural”. This includes as part of a circus or magic show.
Additionally, Expedia does not sell animal activities offered by locations that are not recognized by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), including exotic pet cafes and traveling zoos.
Expedia’s Animal Welfare Policy also states that it does not support attractions that breed animals for commercial purposes. Additionally, the company does not support sites that sell products derived from wild animals such as crocodiles, turtles, and snakes.
Attractions that use animals as props, such as for selfies, are also not permitted.
Additionally, Expedia does not permit any activity based on harming or killing animals. This includes trophy hunting, canned hunting, bear baiting, animal wrestling and spearfishing. Bullfighting, dogfighting, and cockfighting are prohibited, as are any experiments involving feeding or using live animals to provoke other animals.
Authorized animal activities
Interactions with pets – such as horses, cows, dogs and cats – are allowed through Expedia, but “limited”.
For example, animal walks, petting zoos and parrot interactions are permitted. Additionally, Expedia continues to work with select accredited zoos and aquariums.
Additionally, he continues to promote horse racing and dog sledding.
“A policy is only as strong as the system that enforces it, and we have both automatic processes and manual interventions to do so,” Expedia writes on its website. “Whenever we update our animal welfare policies, we give our suppliers 30 days to comply with the updated policy or face removal from the site.”