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Expedia No Longer Endorsing Interactions or Performances By Whales and Dolphins

Tilikum in captivity

WDC welcomes the news from online travel company Expedia Groups that they’ve updated their animal welfare policy to address captive-held whales and dolphins. 

Expedia will no longer sell activities for facilities that have interactions with or performances by whales and dolphins.

This is a big step forward in the effort to end captivity for whales and dolphins worldwide and reflects the growing public support for better standards from travel companies.

WDC’s ongoing campaign urging travel companies to end their promotion of facilities with captive-held whales and dolphins has led to major companies like Virgin Holidays, TripAdvisor, and British Airways making this change. Moving the travel industry forward encourages more people to learn about alternatives to captivity and supports ending this cruel practice for once and for all.

We’re glad to see Expedia Groups recognizing the harm caused by life in a tank and forced interactions and making this monumental change to their policy. We can’t wait for other travel companies to get on board!

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