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NCL called out for exploiting Big Red on Harvest Caye

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017. 3:41 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: One Green Planet, the largest publishing platform on eco-sustainability, in a recent post condemned Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) for its “exploitation of wild species” in Belize regarding the cruise line’s captivity of a rare scarlet macaw named Big Red.

Big Red was rehabilitated for release back into the wild and was reportedly in perfect health. Unfortunately, with approval from the government, Big Red was “spirited away under a veil of secrecy” and is now living in captivity on Harvest Caye, alongside other animals that One Green Planet insist are being exploited.

“NCL is using wildlife from the rain forests of Belize to entertain their exclusive passengers on the private island cruise ship port of Harvest Caye,” the article said. One Green Planet also sited a  Care2 petition launched to raise awareness to the plight of the wild animals living in captivity on the island, which include keel-billed toucans, iguanas, snake, butterflies, and scarlet macaws.

“Shockingly, instead of reviewing its practices and releasing the captive animals, NCL is now planning to acquire many more macaws and other species for the same end – against scientific advice and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s global guidelines,” One Green Planet said.

“Keeping wildlife in captivity, far from their natural habitat, for the sole reason of amusing a business’s clientele and making a profit, is unpardonable. The exclusive exploitation has no educational or scientific value whatsoever and the exposed ocean environment is detrimental to the health of jungle species, not to mention the toll that confinement plays on them,” it continued.

In Belize there has been sustained pressure mounting from the non-governmental and scientific communities for NCL’s release of Big Red. Meanwhile, there has been no response from NCL or the government on the status of Big Red’s demanded release. The petition calling for Big Red’s release now has over 30,000 signatures and is garnering more support.


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