Deborah Meaden Is Speaking Out for Orcas in PETA’s New Campaign

Posted by on July 9, 2021 | Permalink

Today, investor and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden fired off a letter on PETA’s behalf to ABTA urging the UK’s largest travel association to add visits to marine parks, which confine sensitive cetaceans in unnatural conditions, to its list of unacceptable practices.

There’s No Reason for Dolphins and Whales to Be Excluded

ABTA has listed direct contact between elephants and tourists as an unacceptable practice since 2019, but cetaceans were left behind.

“The more we learn about these complex and highly intelligent animals, the more abhorrent their captivity for human entertainment looks. The evidence is clear: whales and dolphins, whether wild-born or captive-bred, do not – and cannot – thrive in captivity.”

Deborah Meaden

Orcas in nature form complex relationships, traverse up to 140 miles of ocean each day, and live in close family groups that share a culture and language. But at marine parks like SeaWorld, the animals are housed inside cramped tanks in incompatible groups and denied everything that’s natural and important to them.

Join Deborah – Speak Out for Orcas!

Following talks with PETA, a long list of companies have stopped promoting SeaWorld, including Your Co-op Travel, British Airways Holidays, Virgin Holidays, STA Travel, Premier Holidays, and Tripadvisor.

Join our campaign and let ABTA know that exploiting dolphins and whales deserves to be on its “unacceptable” list, too!