27 Feb '12, 1am

HK Airlines facing controversy after shipping 5 live dolphins from Japan to Vietnam last month

HONG KONG - Hong Kong Airlines is facing a controversy over animal cruelty, after shipping five live dolphins from Japan to Vietnam last month. Information about the flight became public when an internal memo to airline staff was leaked to Chinese media last week. The email said the flight, which included a two-hour refuelling stop in Hong Kong, netted HK$850,000 (S$137,500) in cargo revenue and that airline executives wanted to develop the business. It also included a photo of the dolphins being held in narrow makeshift structures inside the vessel. Since it was leaked on Wednesday, more than 2,850 people have signed an online petition protesting against the shipment, China Daily reported. Hong Kong Airlines' phone lines and website have also been jammed with angry calls and messages. The five dolphins, flown from Osaka to Hanoi on Jan 16, were believed to have been sedat...

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