The Thomas Cook Group continues to sell tickets to SeaWorld, despite being fully aware of the company's cruel treatment of animals for profit.
The travel group has publicly pointed to its animal-welfare policy as being an acceptable benchmark for the treatment of captive animals.
But at SeaWorld, the orcas live in cramped, concrete tanks and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. With no physical, mental, or emotional stimulation, they spend their days swimming in endless circles.
At least 40 orcas and dozens of dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks from causes including severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, and chronic cardiovascular failure. Only last month, an infant beluga whale died of pneumonia – one of the most common causes of illness or death in captive marine animals. Does this sound "acceptable" to you?
What You Can Do
As SeaWorld faces a plunging stock price and a steady decline in visitor numbers, it's time for Thomas Cook to follow in the footsteps of numerous other travel providers – including STA Travel and Responsible Travel – and sever ties with this marine abusement park.
It's never acceptable to rob others of their freedom for a quick buck. Please urge Thomas Cook to stop supporting orca abuse.