Unfortunately, by booking through a trusted company like British Airways and without the necessary information to make an informed decision, many holidaymakers will continue to patronize SeaWorld and other facilities holding whales and dolphins in captivity.
Increasing numbers of holidaymakers are informed about the issues, though. A recent UK survey found 86 percent of tourists would not wish to visit facilities holding captive whales and dolphins as part of their holiday. U.S. opinion is also turning against orca captivity.
Furthermore, U.S. animal welfare legislation for marine mammals in captivity is woefully out of date and provides very little protection for captive whales and dolphins held in SeaWorld and other facilities. It also falls way behind standards in other countries such as Brazil (where there are no captive whales and dolphins) and Italy. WDC welcomes the recent passing of an amendment in Congress which will finally force authorities to update this legislation.
Unfortunately for BA, in this age of corporate responsibility, which has resulted in ABTA guidance on animal tourism and Virgin examining its relationship with facilities holding captive whales and dolphins, it can no longer hide behind its expertise in aviation.