In the end, like all great things, it took a village.
Elizabeth Batt reached out to United Media and finally got a quote about their live transfer policy:
"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." But when Batt asked when the ban went into effect, she was told;
"I do not know specifics, but to my understanding we have not been transporting these animals for quite some time." For quite some time? They might have wanted to advise their cargo management about this policy which was not addressed in at least the last two years or even in the last month when there was a storm directed at their social media accounts.
In 2012, ProWal did an in-depth investigation into United Airlines among 60 other carriers who still transported cetaceans. "
61 airlines or air cargo companies already transport dolphins or at least were not unwilling - United Airlines was among them according to ProWal.