Jet2 Has a New Shareholder: PETA US!

Jet2 Has a New Shareholder: PETA US!

London – As Jet2holidays continues to sell tickets to marine despite the extensive history of cetacean suffering and death at such facilities, PETA US has become a Jet2 shareholder so that its representatives can attend the travel provider’s upcoming annual meeting, speak to other shareholders and executives, and openly call for the company to end its promotion of marine parks and ticket sales for the exploitative facilities.

In addition to PETA US pushing for change from the inside, a group of PETA activists – including two “orcas” wrapped in chains – will protest outside the venue during the meeting on 1 September.

“Most UK travel companies have done right by animals by cutting ties with facilities that exploit captive orcas and other dolphins – and Jet2holidays must get with the times and follow suit,” says PETA Vice President Elisa Allen. “As a shareholder, PETA US will be able to push Jet2’s management to do the responsible thing for shareholders and animals alike and stop profiting from marine mammals’ misery.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that while orcas in nature form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 140 miles of ocean every day, those at marine parks like Loro Parque in Tenerife are housed in incompatible groups in cramped tanks. Held in captivity for decades and forced to perform confusing tricks for tourists, the majority die far short of their natural life expectancies.

Following campaigns by PETA entities, along with other animal advocates, most of the world’s largest travel companies – including Expedia, Tripadvisor, Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays, Club Med, Airbnb, and – have stopped selling tickets to places that keep whales and dolphins in tanks.

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