Posted: Saturday, September 2, 2017. 11:06 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: A coalition of conservationists and activists in Belize have banded together to launch a campaign to boycott Norwegian Cruise Lines(NCL).
The group is offering free bumper stickers to members of the public and especially cruisers to show their support and solidarity with the wildlife of Belize.
The coalition says that Harvest Caye is a manufactured version of Belize and it is host to a horrible animal side featuring Belizean wildlife.
“…Recent reviews of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Harvest Caye suggest that cruise passengers aren’t getting that warm fuzzy feeling about Belize anymore and that’s a bad thing for the cruisers as well as for Belize’s future tourism prospects,” the group asserts in their release.
The activists allege that Big Red (BR), a young Macaw currently at Harvest Caye was stolen from the forest by poachers and was going to be returned to the wild; however, BR and another scarlet macaw were secretly whisked away and given to NCL to be displayed to cruise ship passengers along with four toucans (Belize’s National Bird) while the Chief Forest Officer was out of the country.
The release goes on to say that, “releasing BR in the wild was particularly important as scarlet macaws are extremely rare in Belize and poaching and habitat destruction has reduced the Belizean population to just a few hundred macaws.”
“Not every bird is suitable for release like Big Red, so those birds make their home at the unique and wonderful conservation and education center, The Belize Zoo.”
According to the conservationists, they advised NCL how to operate a wildlife education center that would be informative and fun for their customers, but the cruise company opted to do something so dreadful that no one could have anticipated it.
“All of these birds came from the wild. All of these birds belong to Belize and to Belizeans. Now they are in cages on a salty, windswept island, permanently captive for display to cruise ship passengers,” the activists lament.
“Belizeans are not permitted to visit them. No official explanation has been given as to how or why this happened. Nor can anyone pin point who was ultimately responsible for making this happen. If it all sounds deeply suspicious to you, it probably is.”
To participate in the boycott, all you need to do is send your address to [email protected] and you will receive a free BoycottNCL bumper sticker in the mail. In return, you’re asked to email back a photo of your vehicle sporting the BoycottNCL bumper sticker so that it can be sent to NCL and featured on the Boycott NCL Facebook page.
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