Chained PETA ‘Orcas’ Make a Splash at Travel Convention

Chained PETA ‘Orcas’ Make a Splash at Travel Convention

Group Pushes ABTA to Enact Policy Against Abusement Parks

London – Today, as ABTA hosted its annual flagship Travel Convention, attendees faced a tidal wave of commotion outside the building. PETA “orcas” in chains and supporters with signs demanded that the travel association discourage the promotion of cruel marine parks. Travel giants Tripadvisor, Virgin Holidays, and British Airways Holidays refuse to promote facilities that imprison orcas, yet ABTA lags behind, doing nothing to prevent members such as TUI from profiting from ticket sales to venues that confine these sensitive, intelligent animals to cramped concrete tanks.

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“Today’s holidaymakers object to seeing imprisoned orcas swim listlessly in tanks, and the travel industry has caught on,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA urges ABTA to catch up and list cetacean captivity as an unacceptable practice.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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