Call for action: Wildlife

Nov 3, 2014

Tell Airlines to Stop Transporting Cetaceans to Marine Parks

Tell Airlines to Stop Transporting Cetaceans to Marine Parks

There is growing recognition of the role airlines play in permitting the captive cetacean industry to continue and of the severe stress cetaceans suffer from during hours of restricted confinement during air transportation.

Every year, hundreds of wild-caught cetaceans are flown by plane to marine parks around the world.

However, as a result of mounting public opposition to the capture of cetaceans in infamous 'dolphin hunts' such as that of Taiji in Japan, an ever-growing number of airline companies have announced their commitment to not transport wild-caught cetaceans, including Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, Thai, Iberia and Emirates, Hong Kong Airlines, British Airways, Virgin, Delta, United and American Airlines.

We've written to airlines that have not yet made this pledge, urging them to join this list. You can see a copy of our letter here

 

Take Action

Please support this action by signing the petition below. Once we have collected our target number of signatures we will send another letter to airlines to further pressure them to make a pledge not to transport Cetaceans.

The Transport of Wild-Caught Cetaceans

I express my deep concerns with regards to your company’s ongoing transport of cetaceans captured from the wild, facilitating the continued exploitation of these animals for entertainment around the world.

There is growing recognition of the role airlines play in permitting the captive cetacean industry to continue and of the severe stress cetaceans suffer from during hours of restricted confinement during air transportation. As a result of this, and of mounting public opposition to the capture of cetaceans in infamous ‘dolphin hunts’ such as that of Taiji in Japan, an ever-growing number of airline companies have announced their commitment to not transport wild-caught cetaceans, including Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, Thai, Iberia and Emirates, Hong Kong Airlines, British Airways, Virgin, Delta, United and American Airlines.

Furthermore, globally, we are seeing an ever-growing number of countries passing laws prohibiting the capture and keeping of marine mammals in captivity in recognition of the risk the trade in- and keeping of- these animals poses to conservation, animal welfare and public safety.

I thereby urge you to join the ever-expanding “green list” and to show your opposition to the brutal capture of wild cetaceans, and commitment to protecting animal welfare and public safety.

Signatures: 3926

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