America's third-largest airline became the latest company to turn its back on whale and dolphin captivity this week, when it stopped transporting the animals in its aircrafts.
The company had been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks for flying marine mammals around the world - a petition asking it to stop on the website Change.org gained over 6,000 signatures, while a coalition of activists from the groups "Voices for the Taiji Dolphins" and "Voices from the Sea" joined together to target several airlines on behalf of the 274 live cetaceans that were transported around the world last year.
Now, Cetacean News Network reports that United has officially stopped transporting whales and dolphins on its carriers. When the Oceanic Preservation Society asked United to confirm the news, the company issued this statement:
"United Cargo does not accept or transport dolphins or whales to or from any location, for any reason. Dolphins and whales transported to, from or between sanctuaries, aquariums, marine parks and zoos are included in the complete ban on transport of these animals."