The news got out through a leaked memo from the airline, in which Hong Kong Airlines makes it sound like they were pretty pleased with this potential business opportunity. In the airline’s defense they did say that they followed all the rules and regulations that are associated with shipping live animals, but that they appreciated the concern over their dolphin distribution—our words not theirs—business.
Hong Kong Airlines Busted for Flying Dolphins from Taiji, Japan
Everyone knows that it’s kind of risky to transport pets to here or there—except when using Pet Airways of course. Risky is probably just the beginning when it comes to sending a few critters that love the water, and that’s just what happened when one airline decided to send some dolphins across the globe underneath the belly of an airplane.
We’ll let you know that all the dolphins are doing well, but Hong Kong Airlines is getting called out for sending five finned friends as cargo between Vietnam and Japan. Some are calling the shipping conditions as bad as “flying coffins,” as the critters were stuck for as long as seven hours. The dolphins apparently were being sent from the Japanese town of Taiji, whichto make matters worsehas a less than stellar reputation due to their annual dolphin hunt.