TUI, Stop Promoting & Profiting From CRUEL Captive Dolphin ‘Attractions’!
Travel company TUI are profiting from promoting and selling tickets to CVRUEL captive Dolphin ‘Attractions’. TUI profit from animal abuse! Please help by signing and sharing this petition. Sign PetitionSign Petition
Pressure mounts for TUI to stop promoting captive dolphin attractions – including those captured from the wild during 'cruel' hunts in Japan.
Chris Kempen, from Dolphin Freedom UK, says the "dark side" of captivity – where the animals suffer chronic stress, illness, a compromised immune system and premature death – should not continue to be ignored "for the sake of entertainment and profit-making".
TUI is the only main tour operator are still selling trips to SeaWorld and similar venues and the group is calling on the company to follow other major holiday firms, including Virgin Holidays, British Airways, STA Travel, Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Airbnb, in axing them.
Dolphin Freedom UK also claims TUI is selling tickets to parks which are buying dolphins and whales captured from the wild, including a hotel which sources mammals from the highly controversial drive hunts in Japan, Cuba and Russia branded as 'cruel'.
During the controversial annual six-month hunting season there, as featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove, hundreds of the mammals are driven into a secluded bay and butchered for their meat – turning the water crimson red – and sold on to dolphinariums.
Dr Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute, told the Mail the capture techniques in the drive fishery are "wildly inhumane and cruel". She said: ‘The dolphins are stampeded by a wall of sound – highly traumatic for these acoustically oriented animals – driven into a cove, and then most of the dolphins are slaughtered, with a few set aside for live trade. The ones set aside can see and hear the slaughter of their pods – these individuals can reasonably be assumed to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder."
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