December 3rd, 2010 09:23 EST
Victory for the Dolphins
The organizations Whale and Dolphin Protection Forum (WDSF) and ProWal (For Whales) criticize the disastrous conditions of the dolphinariums at the Turkish Riviera, also to dissuade tour operators from offering their dolphin shows. Now hesitantly, the giant group Thomas Cook has give up.
The Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" exposed the cruel and bloody dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. The strongest and most beautiful dolphins are singled out and sold [for commercial purposes] for 150,000 dollars worldwide - as well as dolphin shows in Turkey. However, they kill more than 20,000 dolphins and they end up in Japanese restaurants and supermarkets.
After four of the ten dolphins who came from Japan died after a few days in Sealanya Dolphinarium in Alanya in spring dolphin defenders give the German tour operators reasons to stop their aquariums offers permanently.
Thomas Cook, however, agreed to discontinue the Sealanya-Dolphinarium from the program. After the boycott call from WDSF against Thomas Cook, Neckermann-Reisen was installed on the webside on Monday (http://www.wdsf.eu/reiseveranstalter) and found many international supporters in the Internet network Facebook the management of the giant group in Oberursel changed its mind.
They wrote to the WDSF today: "Following your instructions we freezed the trips in early October. We tasked a neutral third party to check up Troy, Adaland and Aqualand. These dolphinariums will discontinue to be offered by Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Bucher-Reisen no further. Existing applications in hotel desks and notice boards will be removed immediately. "
WDSF-CEO Juergen OrtmÃ¼ller valuate the hindsight of the travel company well: "Thomas Cook has led us for a year on, but finally the reason won because of some pressure - hopefully not just for the winter season. In any case, it is a victory for the Dolphins."
ProWal chief Andreas Morlok: "Even in Germany nobody should not buy tickets for the dolphin shows in Duisburg, MÃ¼nster and NÃ¼rnberg. Dolphins belong in the open and we have to leave them in peace and freedom. We all have to support the intelligent marine mammals. The slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins in Japan have to be ended and also the selling of the dolphins for dolphin shows around the world." "