William Shatner has joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to try to put an end to the “swim with dolphins” experience that will be offered on the next Star Trek: The Cruise voyage.
“Aboard the USS Enterprise, it was Captain Kirk’s duty ‘to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations’ in order to advance and diversify our own,” said Shatner to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank J. Del Rio in a letter released by PETA. “The exploitation of any species for profit and entertainment would have violated the Prime Directive.”
Condemning captive animals to a “lifetime of suffering” for entertainment is wrong, said Shatner. “Surely, Star Trek fans would appreciate the decision to allow dolphins to remain in the wild — and prosper.”
The next Star Trek: The Cruise sets sail in January 2018, stopping in Belize, Honduras, and Mexico.
Source: Hollywood Reporter