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Shamu Stadium at Seaworld marine park, Orlando Fla. Photo: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

TripAdvisor said Wednesday that beginning in 2020, it will further extend its "Animal Welfare Policy" to no longer sell ticketed attractions that breed, import or capture whales, dolphins, porpoises and other cetaceans for public display.

Why it matters: Attractions at parks and aquariums worldwide like SeaWorld and the Georgia Aquarium will no longer benefit from visibility on TripAdvisor. A third of Americans want animals to have same rights as people, according to the most recent Gallup Poll from 2015.

The big picture: The company's original 2016 Animal Welfare Policy ended ticket sales for attractions that would have travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals.

  • It was extended in 2018 to apply to shows where captive wild animals are forced to perform and extended again on Wednesday to apply to cetaceans.
  • The company said it wants to encourage different attractions like seaside sanctuaries, adding it hopes "this generation of whales and dolphins in captivity will be the last."

What they're saying: "Ultimately, we concluded that whales and dolphins do not thrive in captivity. The evidence is both plentiful and compelling. These are highly intelligent animals with complex needs, and their natural environment and wide-ranging roaming habits in the wild cannot be mimicked in inland facilities and small sea pens."

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Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.

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Hawaii became on Thursday the fifth state to confirm the newly discovered Omicron variant after New York announced five new cases earlier in the day.

The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

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A major Democratic donor and Nord Stream 2 lobbyist has made maximum campaign contributions this year to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and vulnerable Senate Democrats, campaign finance records show.

Why it matters: If pressure from the White House to vote against reimposing sanctions on the Russia-backed natural gas pipeline weren't enough, Democrats who back such legislation also will be at loggerheads with one of their party's top fundraisers.