This is Freedom Blue's "Operation Blue Skies" - an initiative to identify and support "dolphin-safe" airlines. That is, those airlines and air transport operators who decline to transport whales, dolphins and other cetaceans for the purposes of entertainment to marine parks, aquariums and dolphinariums.
There is a growing recognition world-wide that dolphins, orcas, and other cetaceans do not belong in captivity. Consumer boycotts have forced all of England's marine-mammal exhibits to close. Israel and Australia prohibit the importation of dolphins for use in entertainment. More recently, India banned dolphinariums and other commercial entertainment involving the capture and confinement of cetacean species such as orcas and bottlenose dolphins.
Despite these positive changes, marine amusement parks continue to flourish in other nations.
It is time to let cargo transport operators who carry captive cetacean specimens for marine amusement parks know that a growing number of people around the world do not support this practice, and therefore cannot support and patronize airline operators who undertake the transport of captive whales and dolphins.
"Operation Blue Skies" aims to identify those operators who pledge support for the rights of cetaceans by refusing carriage of specimens. Freedom Blue asks all concerned citizens to support and patronize those airlines who uphold the Blue Skies ethic, and to urge those carriers currently transporting marine mammals to do the same.
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These same people invariably engage in travel, and the knowledge that an airline may be supporting the captivity industry by transporting whales and dolphins for the purpose of human entertainment may well result in those air passengers refusing to patronize complicit airlines.
If your airline carries whales or dolphins for marine amusement parks, I respectfully urge you to reconsider your marine mammal transportation policy and join those international air carriers who refuse consignment of whales and dolphins for entertainment purposes.