The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Hong Kong Airlines accomplice to Taiji dolphin slaughter

Airline moving dolphins in ‘flying coffins’

China Daily photo shows dolphins being transported from Japan to Vietnam.

Hong Kong Airlines is under pressure to stop its live dolphin cargo business, with an online petition alleging that the mammals are transported in “flying coffins”.

The dolphins are believed to have come from the Japanese town of Taiji, the scene of an annual dolphin slaughter.

The China Daily newspaper reported about the delivery of five dolphins from Japan to Vietnam, citing a Hong Kong Airlines memo praising the delivery for earning the company more than $100,000.

The report included a photo showing the dolphins lying in shallow, narrow containers inside the cargo plane.

Since then more than 2,900 people have signed an online petition demanding Hong Kong Airlines end the flights.

“Five Taiji dolphins were transported via cargo flight in ‘flying coffins’ on January 16, 2012. They spent at least seven hours in this cruel confinement,” the petition reads.

“Dolphins are neither cargo, nor commerce, nor entertainment.”

The group behind the petition has previously run campaigns against the dolphin slaughter in Taiji.

Hong Kong Airlines said it adhered to government rules and International Air Transport Association regulations on live animal transportation.

“Hong Kong Airlines is fully committed to the protection of animal welfare,” it said in a statement.

“No dolphin suffered or (was) injured during this shipment.”

It added that it was “totally unaware of the complexities” surrounding the “dark side of the dolphin story”, and thanked animal welfare groups for their input.

Source: ABC News

Dolphin cargo puts airline in hot water

Hong Kong (CNN) – A local airline has found itself in hot water with environmentalists over a recent cargo flight of dolphins.

According to the Chinese newspaper China Daily, the airline transported five dolphins from Japan to Vietnam on January 16. An internal memo to the airline staff was leaked boasting of the transaction’s success saying that it earned the company HK$850,000 (US $110,000) in cargo revenue. The memo also included a photograph of the dolphins lying in shallow, narrow containers with their fins protruding, inside the Boeing 733F cargo plane.

The controversy has sparking an online petition at change.org pressuring Hong Kong Airlines to stop carrying live dolphins as cargo. So far, 4000 people have signed.

“They spend at least seven hours in this cruel confinement. Dolphins are neither cargo, nor commerce, nor entertainment” read the petition which describes the plastic funnels used to ship the live dolphins as “flying coffins.”

China Daily, a state-run English newspaper, reported that the five dolphins are believed to be from the Japanese town of Taiji, the scene of an annual dolphin slaughter depicted in the Oscar award winning documentary “The Cove.”

Hong Kong Airlines said “no dolphins were injured during the shipment,”  that they adhere to government rules and International Air Transport Association regulations on live animal transportation and are committed to animal welfare protection. The airline also added in a statement that they were “totally unaware of the complexities” surrounding the “dark side of the dolphin story.”

The airline reportedly made a stopover in Hong Kong and a spokesperson for the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department confirmed that they were aware of the dolphins in advance but did not carry out any inspection.

Source: Business 360

Hong Kong Airlines criticised over dolphin car

HONG KONG   — Hong Kong Airlines was under pressure to stop its live dolphin cargo business after an internal memo describing a recent delivery from Japan to Vietnam was leaked to Chinese media.

More than 2,800 people have signed an online petition at change.org calling for an end to the flights, citing a China Daily newspaper report about a January 16 delivery of five dolphins from Osaka to Hanoi. The dolphins are believed to have come from the Japanese town of Taiji, the scene of an annual dolphin slaughter depicted in Oscar Award winning documentary “The Cove”, Sunday’s report said.

“Five Taiji dolphins were transported via cargo flight in ‘flying coffins’ on January 16, 2012. They spent at least seven hours in this cruel confinement,” the petition reads. “Dolphins are neither cargo, nor commerce, nor entertainment.” An internal memo to airline staff made no mention of the animal welfare considerations but described the flight as a success that earned HK$850,000 ($110,000) in cargo revenue.

“The smooth handling of such special cargo which is time sensitive and vulnerable demonstrates that Hong Kong Airlines cargo handling capability has further improved,” says the memo cited by the China Daily.

“Based on the experience we have obtained this time, Hong Kong Airlines cargo will develop the business onwards.” It included a photograph of the dolphins lying in shallow, narrow containers inside the belly of a Boeing 733F cargo plane.

Hong Kong Airlines representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment, however a spokesman told the South China Morning Post website that the company was “committed to the protection of animal welfare”.

Soource: The Nation

Hong Kong Airlines Refuses to Stop Live Dolphin Transport

Animals captured at Taiji, the site of the infamous dolphin slaughter featured in The Cove, a documentary

Hong Kong Airlines is refusing to stop transporting live dolphins captured in Japan despite public uproar over its involvement.

An internal email to staff leaked to Chinese media over the weekend revealed that the carrier was trying to further expand its live animal transport business after earning $110,000 for shipping five dolphins from Japan to Vietnam in January. The issue reflects the growing pressure from governments and the public on carriers that transport illegal or controversial cargo.

The animals were transported under sedation after being captured at Taiji, the site of the infamous dolphin slaughter featured in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, according to report. The carrier has since been threatened with a boycott by a range of animal welfare organizations. An online petition against the airline claimed the dolphins had been kept in “flying coffins” for up to seven hours in transit from Osaka to Hanoi.

The Hong Kong Airline’s cargo department would not comment on the dolphins’ fate once delivered to Hanoi or commit to stopping its plans to expand its animal transport business. The internal memo, which included a picture of the dolphins lying in shallow containers inside a Boeing freighter, said the “smooth handling of such special cargo which is time sensitive and vulnerable” demonstrated the carrier’s improved cargo handling ability.

“Based on the experience we have obtained this time, Hong Kong Airlines cargo will develop the business onwards,” the memo stated.

A short statement from the airline said it “was totally unaware of the complexities behind this shipment of five dolphins” and would donate an unspecified sum to animal welfare protection charity.

Source: The Journal of Commerce

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

Editorial: Selvavidasinfronteras.org

Selvavidasinfronteras.wordpress.com

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 27 February, 2012.

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