STA Travel Stops Promoting SeaWorld and Other Cruel Attractions

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Sta portrait The world’s largest student travel company, STA Travel, has made the adventure even better by pulling promotions for three cruel attractions: SeaWorld, elephant rides and Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple!

After meeting with PETA and learning how SeaWorld confines intelligent orcas to small tanks and forces them to perform meaningless tricks, STA Travel immediately vowed to sever all ties with the unethical business.

This compassionate move will make an impact around the world. STA Travel employs nearly 2,000 people in more than 200 branches across 12 countries. It’s also setting a higher standard for responsible tourism – we’re confident that other businesses will soon follow suit.

At SeaWorld’s theme parks in the US, whales are deprived of everything natural and important to them. Whether they were kidnapped from the wild or born into a life of captivity with no hope of freedom, these magnificent and complex animals are locked up in barren enclosures and separated from their families. They swim round and round in endless circles, day after day – whereas in the wild, they have the whole ocean to roam in and will swim up to 100 miles a day. The oldest orca recorded in the wild is 103-year-old Granny. In contrast, many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s.

The announcement is part of STA Travel’s plan to reassess the animal-related tours that it offers in order to ensure that its young, adventurous customers can have fun, safe in the knowledge that their holidays won’t have a negative impact on animals.

Help us persuade other travel companies to do the right thing – if you see a business promoting SeaWorld marine parks, please contact its customer service team to explain how disappointed you are and urge it to follow STA Travel’s excellent example.



  • Kevin Lawlor commented on May 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Well done STA. Great work.

  • Julie hunter commented on May 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Ethical tourism is the way forward!

  • Sarah Wharton commented on May 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Fantastic news Sta Travel

  • Laura commented on May 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for taking the right decision for the animals!

  • Zoe commented on May 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Anne! This news has made my day! Go STA! My partner works for FLIGHT CENTRE….and they still promote Sea World! Grrrr! I know STA are their competitors and would definitely want to keep up with these ethical changes! Do you know if FLIGHT CENTRE has been targeted yet?! I know it’s a HUGE company- bigger than STA…..but I know they’d want to keep up! I’m going to get my partner to spread the news about STA around FLIGHT CENTRE OFFICES! Thanks!

  • Nathalia commented on May 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much! You’re proving that there is still hope for animals in this world!

  • Helen woosnam commented on May 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Great news Sta travel, now for all the others to follow you

  • Alice Jane commented on May 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I have also liked STA for my flights but been unsure about using them for tours due to elephant rides, etc. This makes me so happy and proud of STA. If a company as reputable as STA can do something this huge, why can’t others ?

    Well done STA and more importantly, thank you ! You are an example to the younger generation.

  • Julie morris commented on May 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Well done Sta Travel for leading the way. Let’s hope others follow quickly. Mankind can be so cruel to defenceless creatures.

    • Wowzers commented on June 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      True, humans CAN be cruel… but the supposedly “defenseless creatures” you have in mind are often cruel to each other too (sad but true)!

  • Neesha Tanna commented on May 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    For our pleasure we become so selfish we don’t let others live

  • Anita commented on June 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    thumbs up for STA!

    There are many national parks in Asia where elephants can be seen in wild;

  • Chantal Walters commented on June 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you STA. We’ll most definitely go back to you now!!

  • rose simpson commented on June 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    i hope lots more follow your lead. well done

  • sharon gooding commented on June 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Well done STA travel. I will be on the look out for your name now when booking my hols. Thank you for being so compassionate and thoughtful.

  • Muriel Servaege commented on June 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Waw! At last!

  • Muriel Servaege commented on June 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Great news! Thank you!

  • Traey Grace commented on November 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good on you STA. It was time to make a stand and you stood!

  • Nancy Lowe commented on February 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    When will humans become as smart as animals? Duh, it seems never. Animals are people just not in human form.or voice. We don’t like to be bullied and neither do they. Stop it please.

  • sarah taylor commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Amazing work. Hopefully we can get rid of all cruelty related tourism. How can anyone think bullying an animal, taking it away from its natural environment be right?

  • Catherine Ruggeri commented on June 5, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Please end the cruel and barbaric act of keeping animals captive and/or forcering them to perform!

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