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Old 07-15-2005, 01:22 PM
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Shares Commitment to Inspire Deeper Knowledge of the World’s Oceans

Through Partnership With Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., July 15, 2005 - Advocating for responsible ecological practices - and taking a stand against the wanton capture and use of marine mammals for the amusement of travelers - Radisson Seven Seas Cruises® announced it will no longer offer dolphin encounter programs in any of its ports of call.

The luxury cruise line supports the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ worldwide campaign to halt dolphin encounter operations, and, through its onboard environmental education programs in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, encourages guests to become responsible environmental citizens.

“Sadly, under the guise of communing with nature or advancing our scientific understanding, dolphin encounter programs too often overlook the way dolphins actually exist and interact with each other in the wild, rather than respecting their natural place in the marine ecosystem,” said Darius Mehta, director of land programs for Radisson Seven Seas. “While some parks may obtain dolphins legally, many use illegal and cruel means to capture these magnificent animals. While we will continue to employ programs that allow our guests the wonderful experience of observing dolphins in the wild, we’re opposed to those that interfere with dolphins’ natural behavior.”

Radisson Seven Seas and its partner the Ocean Futures Society have a shared commitment to inspire deeper knowledge of the world’s oceans and to work to end cruelty to marine life with its adverse impact on the environment.

“We should enjoy the abundant variety of marine life as it moves about and inhabits its own environment - without imposing artificial means on sea creatures to make them interact or ‘perform’ for people,” Cousteau said. “Capturing marine mammals for the purpose of orchestrating structured encounters with humans or to display them in unnatural circumstances is unethical, puts them at risk and interferes with their natural and appropriate life cycles.”

Cousteau said he supports and commends Radisson Seven Seas for “making a vital and forceful statement to the travel and tourism industry that these encounter programs should be avoided at all costs.”

The mission of Ocean Futures Society (http://www.oceanfutures.org <http://www.oceanfutures.org&gt is to explore the global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life.

In French Polynesia, Radisson Seven Sea’s ambitious “Ambassadors of the Environment” program with the Ocean Futures Society promotes ocean responsibility and engages youngsters aboard the Paul Gauguin® with fun learning activities. The partnership is enhanced with an engaging, fleet-wide lecture series featuring Ocean Futures Society experts, personal appearances by Jean-Michel Cousteau on select sailings, original in-suite TV programming, plus live TV uplinks from dives conducted by Cousteau and his team during select Radisson Seven Seas cruises.
 
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