One the world's leading travel websites, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have marine creatures dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. One top attraction that TripAdvisor will not sell tickets is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation the company's 2016 policy that prohibited sales tickets to attractions where tourists come physical contact animals, elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" 2018. The latest ban applies to any attractions that "contribute to the captivity" dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.
A TripAdvisor spokesman elaborated his company's new initiative. He said: "Whales and dolphins do not thrive limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and the wild." He added: "We believe the current generation whales and dolphins captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed TripAdvisor's new position that ignores the educational value and conservation mission professionally accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest standards care all animals."