PETA ‘Orcas’ Flood Jet2’s Annual Meeting

PETA ‘Orcas’ Flood Jet2’s Annual Meeting

London – Today, a sea of “dead orcas” lay outside Jet2’s annual meeting, while supporters held a banner that read, “Marine ABUSEment Parks Kill. Jet2holidays: Drop Them!” The action is part of efforts by PETA entities to urge the travel provider to drop from its holiday packages marine parks that hold cetaceans in tanks for entertainment.

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The annual meeting marks one year since PETA launched its campaign urging Jet2holidays to join other travel providers – including British Airways Holidays and Virgin Atlantic Holidays – in refusing to sell tickets to marine parks. Despite growing pressure, the company continues to promote and sell tickets to marine parks where whales and dolphins are suffering.

In addition to the action outside the meeting, a representative from PETA US – which became a Jet2 shareholder last year in order to influence company policy – put pressure on decision-makers inside the meeting, openly calling on the company to stop promoting marine parks and selling tickets to the exploitative facilities.

“Orcas and other dolphins suffer for their whole lives and often die prematurely in marine abusement parks,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is calling on Jet2holidays to join the rest of the travel industry and stop profiting from marine mammals’ misery.”

PETA notes that while orcas in nature form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 150 miles of ocean every day, those at marine parks are housed in incompatible groups in cramped tanks. Held in concrete tanks for decades and forced to perform tricks for tourists, the majority die far short of their natural life expectancy.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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