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    Why is it harmful to wildlife to keep marine mammals in captivity?

    For Airbnb Experiences and Adventures that include animals, Airbnb has partnered with World Animal Protection to provide guidelines and articles that seek to promote the safety of wild animals in the wild and in captivity, as well as domesticated animals under human care.

    Airbnb does not allow experiences involving marine mammals in captivity, except for certain Social Impact Experiences in which the validated non-profit is conducting rescue or rehabilitation. It is unnatural and detrimental for marine mammals like dolphins, whales, sea lions, and polar bears to be kept in captivity for entertainment purposes.

    Wild dolphins can swim more than 40 miles a day—they engage in mating, foraging, fighting and play behavior with their pod members and they use their echolocation to explore their diverse ocean environment. In contrast, captive dolphins are forced to swim in endless circles in artificial habitats, interact with unfamiliar dolphins and other species, and perform behaviors that are unnatural, and in some cases, painful. Captive dolphins also face exposure to human infection, bacteria, and chemicals, and suffer from stress-related illnesses.

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    Read the original article by World Animal Protection.