Fantastic News! Jet2holidays to Stop Selling Tickets to Marine Parks

Posted by on March 26, 2024 | Permalink

Update (26 March 2024): Victory! Jet2holidays Stops Selling Tickets to Marine Parks
Following nearly two years of tireless campaigning by PETA, leading travel provider Jet2holidays announced that it will stop selling tickets to marine parks – venues that confine highly intelligent orcas and other dolphins and whales in the name of entertainment.

PETA’s intense campaign included demonstrations at the company’s annual meetings and across the country; more than 100,000 protest letters from compassionate members of the public, scientists, conservationists, and organisations which specialise in cetacean welfare; and support from celebrities such as Morrissey, Faye Winter, Olivia Bowen, and Belle Hassan. Scroll down to see some of the top actions!

Jet2holidays made the right call to cut ties with parks that confine orcas and other dolphins to concrete tanks that are to them the size of bathtubs and force them to perform circus-like stunts for human entertainment. It joins a long list of leading companies, including easyJet holidays, Expedia, Thomas Cook, British Airways Holidays, Virgin Atlantic Holidays, and Club Med, which have long since ended the promotion of dolphin prisons. All eyes are now on TUI, which must follow Jet2holidays’ lead and immediately end the financial lifeline it provides these cruel abusement parks.

Update (12 January 2024): PETA Disrupts Jet2holidays at the Globe Travel Awards
At the Globe Travel Awards ceremony, a PETA supporter stormed the stage as it was filled with Jet2holidays executives and unfurled a sign shaming the company for its ties to orca abuse.

Protesters outside the venue held illuminated signs for the world to see – including attendees arriving at the travel awards.

Update (30 October 2023): Olivia Bowen and Belle Hassan Urge Jet2holidays to Break Up With Marine Parks

Love Island’s Olivia Bowen and Belle Hassan have called out Jet2holidays in a new video for PETA. The stars urged the ITV dating show’s sponsor to couple up with compassion and stop selling tickets to marine parks that exploit orcas and other dolphins.

Update (24 October 2023):
PETA and more than half a dozen scientists, conservationists, and organisations who specialise in cetacean welfare have fired off a letter to Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy.

The experts are calling him out for “failing to take a stand against animal suffering” as Jet2holidays continues to sell tickets to marine abusement parks that keep orcas and other dolphins captive.

The letter asks Mr Heapy to spare a thought for individuals like Moana the orca, who died this week at a facility promoted by Jet2holidays. Moana spent his short life in a filthy dolphinarium tank at Marineland in France, swimming in endless circles in algae-covered water. He was forced to perform for over a decade before his health declined and he died with discoloured skin and sub-dermal wounds. Jet2holidays must turn its back on the practice of exploiting cetaceans like Moana.

Signee organisations included World Animal Protection, Born Free Foundation, World Cetacean Alliance, Humane Society International/UK, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Marine Connection.

“It is impossible for an amusement park to provide captive cetaceans with a life comparable to that which these far-ranging marine mammals would experience in nature.”
– Letter to Steve Heapy

Update (5 October 2023):
Former Orca Trainer Speaks Out in Letter to Jet2holidays

© Melissa Hargrove

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Update (18 November 2022):
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Update (21 September 2022):
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Update (1 September 2022):
Tidal Wave of PETA Protesters Wants Jet2holidays to Drop Orca Prisons

The Miserable Life of Animals in Marine Parks

Orcas and other dolphins are intelligent animals. When kept in marine parks, they suffer from social, physical, and psychological stress. Intense confinement causes frustration, resulting in abnormal behaviour, and they often break their teeth by gnawing at the sides of their tanks.

In nature, orcas form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and can traverse up to 150 miles of ocean every day. However, those at marine parks are housed in incompatible groups in cramped concrete tanks – which can be 10,000 times smaller than their natural home range.

Kept in concrete prisons for decades and forced to perform confusing tricks for tourists, the majority of captive orcas die far short of their natural life expectancy.

The Tide Is Turning on Marine Parks

Leading travel providers such as Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic Holidays, and British Airways Holidays have already cut ties with facilities that keep orcas and other dolphins in watery prisons.

Ticket Sales Fuel Cruelty to Cetaceans

Marine parks are only able to continue confining animals to cramped tanks as long they sell tickets. Don’t give facilities like these a lifeline – visit animal-free attractions instead.