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Tourism and Captive Marine Animals: Ethics and Practices - YouTube

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  • Great job moderating Ethan! The discussion was very civil, respectful, informative, and wide-ranging, and you kept it so very adeptly. Thank you and everyone at outbounding for organizing it, as well as the fine participants. My views have not changed, but at least there is more information and clarification regarding the issues.

  • Watched this last night.  Great discussion!  I may have mentioned before that my full time job is a veterinary technician.  Even in such an animal lover dominated profession, I was recently shocked by a co-worker of mine who visited Sea World, after telling them of how I watched Blackfish and discussing how cruel it is to keep whales/dolphins in such captivity, I was met with retaliation that they would still visit Sea World again because it is "so awesome" to see such cool animals and have that opportunity.

    I do believe as travel industry professionals it is our responsibility to educate the public on such practices, and that the promotion of sustainable and cruelty free tourism needs to be seriously focussed on.  It is also important to provide alternatives such as a whale/dolphin watching tour in the wild - where you can appreciate the animal in their natural habitat.

    I don't really agree with TBEX offering dolphin tours as one of the trips, but they are right that attendees should be educated enough to make our own decisions on whether to participate.   I think it would have been better handled by them if they had also provided an alternative ethical trip such as a boat trip to go dolphin watching if it was feasible.  If there were no such alternatives in the area then in my opinion they should have scrapped dolphin tours altogether.

  • Any chance of a synopsis and/or top ten quotes and/or take-aways? That would be really helpful for those of us without the time (or candidly, inclination) to review a two hour video.

  • I'm afraid with our limited resources (all being volunteers here!) we've been unable to find time to create a full synopsis/transcript of the video.  The best I can offer for now is a few timestamps to key moments in the discussion:

    09:38 Ethan introduces Diana Edelman who talks about her work around animal welfare and the important role that bloggers can play in shaping attitudes.

    17:00 Introduces Chris Pitt from Care for the Wild / the Right Tourism campaign who talks about cultural aspects of animal welfare and how travellers can navigate that and make informed decisions, leading on to 21:00 with Alison Hood from Born Free Foundation who expands on that question, particularly on what travellers themselves can do to better understand their decisions and impact.

    31:55 The panel is asked a question on countries/destinations that have effective introduced policies on regulating captive marine shows, leading on to a quote by Deputy Merilyn Gomez Pozos (32:18) who is leading legislation against this type of activity in Mexico.

    40:10 Introduces Mike Huxley of BemusedBackpacker.com who talks passionately about animal welfare and why he believes travel bloggers (and by extension TBEX) should be helping influence and change consumer behaviour.

    46:05 Ethan introduces the role that travel brands and the new media can/should play, and introduces Rick Calvert of TBEX to the discussion, who makes a robust response to concerns raised by the panel and others elsewhere, leading on to a general discussion on this subject for pretty much the duration of the Hangout!

    Hope that's helpful!

  • I just read this article on The Guardian - "Travel bloggers call for conference to cancel dolphin tours", which is mostly about the TBEX discussions and also includes comments from Nomadic Matt, Philip Mansbridge (Care for the Wild International), and Rick Calvert (TBEX).

    It may be because I'm paying more attention to this topic and thus tend to notice coverage related to it, but I do feel that there has been a lot of articles, blog posts and discussions on related topics, which, as has been recognized, is a step in the right direction.

    On the Guardian article, I thought it was unfortunate that the organizers consider the number of "people who are passionate about" this issue to be large enough to add new workshops in the conference (which, of course, is a great development - one that many here have also suggested), but they continue to claim that the number of bloggers and travel professionals who are against dolphin shows is "a minority" and "a small pressure group".