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Hong Kong Airlines Grounds Plan to Ship Kidnapped Dolphins

February 29, 2012 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Airline chooses basic decency over bottom-line profits.

By Salvatore Cardoni

(NOTE: Our friend Sal Cardoni of Take Part, which has been a big supporter of our efforts to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, reports on a huge win for dolphin lovers.  Congratulations to all the grassroots groups and individuals that worked to turn Hong Kong Airlines around, especially the Save Misty the Dolphin Facebook group.  I will be in Hong Kong in a couple of weeks screening The Cove movie and talking to the public and media about dolphins in captivity, as Hong Kong is a major entry port to China for captive dolphins from Taiji and the Solomon Islands.  For the moment, take the time to thank Hong Kong Airlines. – Ric O’Barry)

Under pressure from activists, Hong Kong Airlines has agreed to stop the transfer of live dolphins on its cargo planes, according to a company statement released today.

The about face comes just six days after the social media campaign Save Misty the Dolphin launched an online petition, “Stop Profiting from the Misery of the Taiji Dolphins,” which obtained more than 6,400 signatures.

“It’s certainly a nice message to the world in terms of Hong Kong Airlines dropping their role in the blood dolphin captivity industry,” says Mark Palmer, in an exclusive interview with TakePart. He is the Associate Director of Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project.

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To send a thank you note to Hong Kong Airlines for doing the right thing:

Catherine Yick

Corporate Communications Manager
Hong Kong Airlines

7th Floor
One Citygate,
20 Tat Tung Road

Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong

Telephone: 852-3151-1800

Fax: 852-3151-1838

Here is a copy of the statement by Hong Kong Airlines:


Photo of Taiji Dolphin being trained by Leah Lemieux

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Hong Kong Airlines Grounds Plan to Ship Kidnapped Dolphins