"For too long the travel industry has buried its collective head in the sand on this issue. Just as there was a point when circuses' time was up, the same is happening with orca circuses. It's clear that the majority of holidaymakers are not interested in these shows for ethical reasons.
"The time has come for travel companies, and the representative body ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), to face the facts and stop supporting this irresponsible form of tourism."
Regional waves of support
- The Northern Irish were the most unanimous in their distaste of marine shows, with 97 percent not wishing to visit by the end of the survey.
- Londoners were the most likely to visit (22 percent would want to) by the survey's close.
- Those in the South East were least interested in marine shows (68 percent did not want to visit) when initially asked.
- Those in the North West were most interested (45 percent wanted to visit) when initially asked.
- The Northern Irish were most likely to change their minds after reading the facts, and Londoners were the least easily swayed.
In April this year, responsibletravel.com and the World Cetacean Alliance launched a petition to encourage the travel industry to stop supporting killer whale and dolphin shows. The petition has already been signed by over 8,500 individuals, travel companies, charities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other businesses. See www.responsibletravel.com/stop-orca-circus
*Survey was carried out by Censuswide on behalf of responsibletravel.com and the Born Free Foundation. A total of 2,050 people responded online in the U.K. between May 2 to May 8, 2014.