Asda Cuts Ties With SeaWorld

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SeaWorld orca and crowd_miniA while back, supermarket retailer Asda told us that it was dropping promotions of SeaWorld, following in the footsteps of STA Travel, Mattel and many other companies that have chosen not to be associated with the abuse of orcas at the unethical marine park.

However, confusingly, the company’s online travel website, Asda Travel, continued to advertise trips to SeaWorld in Florida. Thousands of compassionate people wrote to Asda and asked it to make this right – but received only evasive answers about third-party travel providers.

But now Asda’s head office has confirmed that with the closure of Asda Travel, the retailer no longer has any affiliation with SeaWorld. This is one more piece of good news in the campaign to stop intelligent, sensitive orcas from being kept in concrete tanks for their entire lives.

As more and more companies refuse to have anything to do with SeaWorld, the franchise is losing business and struggling to sell tickets. Thanks to the groundbreaking documentary Blackfish, compassionate people are also choosing to stay away after learning just how much the animals kept prisoner at SeaWorld suffer.

As a result, SeaWorld has been forced to make concessions – including announcing that it will no longer force animals to perform in circus-style shows – but they are not nearly enough. Captivity will always be psychologically damaging to huge marine mammals who, in the wild, swim up to 100 miles a day across vast stretches of ocean.

If you see any other companies promoting trips to SeaWorld, please write to them and ask them to stop endorsing orca abuse.

Comments

  • Ray Uriarte commented on December 22, 2015 at 5:26 am

    I applaud efforts of these commendable organizations. Profiting from cruel captivity of any creature is never acceptable

  • Clare Eagles commented on December 22, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Do you have a list of companies that promote Seaworld? We refused to fly British Airways last year and write to them to advise that it was because they sold tickets to Seaworld. I would like to see a definitive list.

  • JULIE commented on December 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Stop promoting Seaworld or any other attraction where live animals are being used for so called entertainment.

    I for one will not shop at ASDA or any other superstore that has any connections with this.

    Stop now, before the word spreads further and people stop shopping in your stores.

  • Sue commented on December 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Cruelty to animals, this MUST stop and not only in Seaworld also circuses

  • Highley commented on December 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Please, don’t do it for them

  • Caroline commented on December 23, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Thank you

  • Dominique Barre commented on December 23, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Freedom for them, because it’s so cruel !

  • Lesley Bowler commented on December 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    This is good news! Lets hope other companies will do the same!

  • Lynne Booth commented on December 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    ASDA should be commended. The sooner these places are closed down the better. I have just read the first two books of The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy. I was amazed at the intelligence and sensitivity of these animals and horrified at how they are abused once the audience has left.

  • sara ramundo commented on December 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Stop using animals.

  • Annie Beal commented on December 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    SeaWorld is just a water CIRCUS and circuses are just another way for people to exploit and abuse animals for profit. Set all circus animals free, it’s a cruel and horrendous life and no different from a prison sentence. Dolphins and Orcas are STOLEN from the oceans, their parents murdered and just so these awful people can make money…….there is no other reason but pure greed.

  • Paul reza commented on January 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Please stop this cruelty

  • Denise commented on January 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Please stop this!!!

  • Lorraine commented on January 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Disgusted that these beautiful whales have to suffer and be uncomfortably incaged in a tank to be forced to entertain people.

  • Angela Sturmar commented on January 26, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Stop using animals as amusement

  • Huney Goh commented on January 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Pls stop this act of cruelty. Give it the freedom to live free n not confined in a small space. Show compassion pls!

  • Kenneth Hawes commented on January 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Asda

    Please take notice of the suffering of these beautiful mammals – yes we are mammals too – are they not our brothers and sisters

    Please cease your trading with this company,

    Thank you,

  • Karen commented on March 18, 2016 at 3:17 am

    When I was young I visited Sea World, I was so upset by what I saw. While the crowd clapped and Cheered, I cried at what I saw.

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