But at what cost?
They have to stand still in their own excrements, organs compacted, for sometimes 30+ hours, illustrated above in CITES guidelines for transporting live marine mammals.
Companies such as FEDEX (the "preferred" carrier for cetaceans) still provide cargo space for live cetacean transport and need to be pressured to stop.
When I called Pet-Safe, the United airlines live transport service, they confirmed (after many holds) that they still accept live dolphins and whales for cargo bookings.
I'm still waiting for the United Media Director to get back to me about how they will handle this PR nightmare. Their email just might be slower than their planes.
There is an effort by activists to pass 8 petitions directed at the top 8 companies that still provide live transport services asking them to stop. Sign them and voice your outrage at the amount of stress caused to these sentient beings for our entertainment.
Keep pushing United to stop live transports and to make a better pledge to the anti-captivity policy embraced by so many modern companies like UPS.