Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

Updated: 2012-02-22 07:09

By Simon Parry (HK Edition)

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Hongkong Airlines has been accused of profi ting from animal cruelty by striking a HK$850,000 deal to fly live dolphins from Japan to Vietnam. Simon Parry and Alex Hoff ord report on a controversy that has emotions running sky high.

 Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

Five dolphins on board a Hongkong Airlines cargo flflight from Osaka in Japan to Hanoi in Vietnam on Jan 16, a journey that generated HK$850,000 revenue and accusations of animal cruelty against the airline.

 Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

The memo circulated to Hongkong Airlines staff trumpeting the success of the dolphin transfer and the money it generated for the airline. The memo has infuriated animal welfare groups. Photos by Red Door News, Hong Kong

Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

Misery of the dolphins in 'flying coffins'

(HK Edition 02/22/2012 page4)