26 Feb '12, 7am

Hong Kong airline criticised over dolphin cargo

Hong Kong airline criticised over dolphin cargo

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Airlines was under pressure Sunday 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", the 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 t...

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