Qantas joins its airline counterparts such as United Airlines in looking out for the world’s captive mammals by disassociating itself from Sea World on the Gold Coast.

A Qantas spokesperson told Yahoo that the airline will no longer partner with venues, including Sea World, that keep captive dolphins, whales and orcas.

The representative said the airline has a responsibility to partner organisations “meet our own expectations and that of the community”.

“We don’t want to promote these types of venues.”

Qantas Spokesperson

The Flying Kangaroo’s decision follows recent announcements from United Airlines and Virgin Holidays, which also scrapped sales to captive dolphin attractions.

Animal rights activists from World Animal Protection welcomed Qantas announcement, saying it sends a clear message to other travel companies.


Image: Sea World – Gold Coast/Facebook

Head of Campaigns, Ben Pearson, hopes more airlines remember that dolphins and other mammals are “wildlife #notentertainers” and that they follow suit.

“We are thrilled that Qantas is ending the promotion of captive dolphin entertainment at Sea World Gold Coast.”

Ben Pearson, World Animal Protection Head of Campaigns

Sea World Gold Coast responded to Qantas’ disassociation in Yahoo Lifestyle’s article, saying that much has been and will continue to be invested in the water park and record attendance continues to increase.

“Our guests enjoy visiting the park and our marine exhibits,” Sea World said.