-- New Onboard Video Provides Caribbean Tourism Tips to Help Prevent
Illegal Wildlife Trade --
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (Nasdaq:JBLU), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S.
Wildlife Trafficking Alliance are educating travelers about how to “buy
informed” and travel smart to the Caribbean. Thanks to this partnership,
JetBlue is now airing a short film on all flights informing customers of
the role they play in protecting Caribbean wildlife and preserving the
region’s beauty. The video, featuring local Caribbean conservation
heroes, will arm travelers with the right questions to ask when
purchasing wildlife and plant-related products. View the video here.
An increased interest in Caribbean wildlife is fueling trafficking of
the area’s plants, animals and other natural resources. This is
contributing to the decline and potential extinction of animal species
such as sea turtles, blue and gold macaws and coral reefs – natural
treasures that draw travelers to the Caribbean. In many cases, visitors
may unwittingly be contributing to the decline of the very things they
want to experience.
The Caribbean’s island geography makes it a highly biodiverse region. It
is home to approximately 6,500 plant, 150 bird, 470 reptile, 40 mammal,
170 amphibian and 65 fish species not found anywhere else in the world.
The global wildlife trafficking crisis threatens many of these species,
which are used, often illegally, as pets, medicine, food, jewelry,
clothing, souvenirs and household decorations. For example, sea turtles
are used for food, jewelry and items such as combs; birds are taken from
the wild and sold as pets or their feathers incorporated into souvenirs;
unique reptiles are sold as exotic pets and used for clothing; and coral
is taken for use in jewelry and décor.
“More than one-third of our travel is to the Caribbean and Latin
America. We are dedicated to protecting its beauty and health, which in
turn protects tourism and our business,” said Sophia Mendelsohn,
JetBlue’s head of sustainability. “Like many travelers, I was not
initially aware of the extent wildlife trafficking has threatened many
species and the unique nature of the Caribbean that people fly to
“This film is a great step forward in efforts to educate the public on
the role they can play in combating wildlife trafficking,” said Service
Director Dan Ashe. “The potential to reach the 35 million people who fly
with JetBlue each year is an unprecedented opportunity for us to
communicate with the very people we hope will be empowered as guardians
of the Caribbean’s wildlife.”
On March 3, 2016 – World Wildlife Day – JetBlue and the Service
announced a five-year partnership to combat wildlife trafficking. Since
then, they have worked to engage local Caribbean conservation heroes in
this short film. These individuals illustrate the important work taking
place in local communities to protect wildlife.
“Protecting the world's most endangered species requires American
consumers to make smart choices when traveling abroad,” said David J.
Hayes, chair of the Alliance. “JetBlue's commitment to help educate
consumers is a critical step forward to ending the demand that has
fueled this illegal trade. Its new film will make a big impact by
showing consumers how to buy informed and helping to create a culture of
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
The mission of the Service is working with others to conserve, protect
and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the
continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our
scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources,
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more
information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance:
States Wildlife Trafficking Alliance is a coalition of nonprofit
organizations, companies, foundations and media interests working
closely with the U.S. government to combat wildlife trafficking by
raising public awareness, reducing consumer demand for wildlife and
wildlife products, and mobilizing companies to adopt best practices stop
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