The travel industry is beginning to turn on tourism trips that exploit animals, and it looks like dolphin shows will be the next thing to go. Several travel bloggers, who argue that dolphinariums and for-profit marine parks are inhumane and should be a relic of the past, are leading the pushback against these attractions with the help of a 2,000-strong petition.
They're taking aim at an upcoming gathering called TBEX 2014, billed as "the world's largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators." While at the September event, guests can sign up for two tours at a dolphinarium in Cancun.
Travel writer Matthew Kepnes of the blog nomadicmatt.com is an outspoken critic.
"There are certain things that are right and wrong and they [the organizers] should be on the side where things are going, which is away from dolphin tours as more countries and tour operators ban the practice," he tells the Guardian.
This is the latest instance of tourism taking a stand against marine captivity. In a landmark move last week, Southwest Airlines canceled its two-decade-long business partnership with SeaWorld in the wake of backlash against the company. Earlier this year, business magnate Richard Branson announced that Virgin would stop doing business with organizations that capture wild cetaceans.