Animal rights activists storm Expedia HQ demanding it ‘stops profiting from dolphin cruelty’

World Animal Protection stormed Expedia’s HQ to demand they cut ties with dolphinariums (Picture: WAP/Metro.co.uk) Animal rights campaigners are ramping up the pressure on travel giant Expedia to stop selling tickets to captive dolphin shows. World Animal Protection (WAP) activists descended on the company’s headquarters on Thursday in Angel, London, carrying a life-sized dolphin on a stretcher. Activists waved placards demanding the world’s biggest earning travel company to ‘stop profiting from dolphin cruelty’ and cut all ties with aquariums that keep the mammals for human entertainment. The group claims Expedia…

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HS2 is a vanity project that should be scrapped for good

It’s hard to know where to start with the reasons why this vanity project should not go ahead (Picture: Kristian Buus/In Pictures via Getty Images) The case for building the high-speed railway HS2 was always flimsy and it’s now collapsing completely. It’s hard to know where to start with the reasons why this vanity project should not go ahead. But given the nature crisis facing our country (one of the most nature-depleted in the world) I’ll begin with the environmental cost. The planned route would cut through 130 protected wildlife…

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Storm Brendan set to batter Britain with 80mph winds

Coastal communities in particular will be vulnerable, according to the Met Office (Picture: Met/Rex/Getty) Storm Brendan is expected to batter Britain tomorrow evening with strong gales of up to 80mph, bringing widespread travel disruption. The Met Office is warning that coastal routes and communities could be particularly affected by the storm as large waves batter seafronts. Yellow weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, much of the western half of the UK and the north east of Scotland from 12pm on Monday to midnight. Frank Saunders, of the Met…

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Airlines banned from flying over Iraq and Iran after missile attack

Such restrictions are often precautionary in nature to prevent civilian aircraft from being confused for ones engaged in armed conflict Commercial airlines have been banned from flying over Iraq and Iran, following Iranian ballistic missile strikes on US bases. Airlines have been forced to reroute their flights after Iran launched the missiles at two Iraqi bases that house U.S. troops, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qasem Soleimani. There are fears that conflict between Iran and the US could ratchet up, placing passenger jets at…

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British family forced to sleep outside airport in -2C temperature after flight delay

Ben Denton says he and his family spent 13 hours at Chambery Airport, in the French Alps, on Saturday (Picture: Ben Denton/Facebook) A family with young children were forced to sleep outside an airport in the freezing cold, after their flights home were delayed by bad weather. Ben Denton and his children were hoping to fly back to Manchester Airport after a skiing holiday in the Alps, when they were forced to spend 13 hours at Chambery Airport, France, on Saturday. Ben, from Whitford, Clwyd, says seven hours were spent…

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How to avoid the misery of rail fare price rises

Less than 50% of train passengers have said they are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets (Picture: PA) Rail passengers have been warned they face ‘another decade of misery’ as ticket prices are hiked yet again despite anger over delays and cancelled services. Less than two-thirds of trains were on time last year and not even 50% of passengers said they were satisfied with the value for money of tickets, according to watchdog Transport Focus. From today, the price of average tickets is up by 2.7% –…

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