At SeaWorld, orcas live in cramped concrete tanks. With no physical, mental, or emotional stimulation, they spend their days swimming in endless circles. Despite being fully aware of SeaWorld's cruel treatment of animals, travel company TUI—formerly known as Thomson Holidays—continues to sell tickets to the abusement park.
At least 41 orcas and dozens of other dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks from causes including severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, and chronic cardiovascular failure.
Dolphins at SeaWorld are often housed in incompatible groups, 140 of them in just seven tanks, and because of their cramped enclosures, they're unable to escape attacks from other frustrated, aggressive dolphins. They're used in cruel circus-style shows in which trainers stand on their faces and ride on their backs as if they were surfboards.
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In recent months, Virgin Holidays, British Airways, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, and Booking.com joined the list of companies that have cut ties with the notorious park.
When British Airways Holidays pledged to stop SeaWorld ticket sales, its Managing Director said, “Our customers tell us they have concerns about wild animals being kept in captivity, and increasingly see animal performances in particular as outdated.”