PETA Urges TUI to ‘Wipe Away’ Cruelty to Orcas With Bouquet of Loo Roll ‘Flowers’
For Immediate Release:
17 March 2020
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
PETA URGES TUI TO ‘WIPE AWAY’ CRUELTY TO ORCAS WITH BOUQUET OF LOO ROLL ‘FLOWERS’
Anti-SeaWorld Campaign Gets to the Bottom of Marine Park Abuse
London – Following the announcement that travel provider TUI has scrapped package holidays, grounded flights, and cancelled cruises, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent a bouquet of loo roll “flowers” to TUI UK Managing Director Andrew Flintham to urge him to wipe away cruelty to orcas – and drop SeaWorld from the company’s travel itineraries for good.
“Now more than ever, TUI must understand how awful it is to isolate far-ranging orcas in cramped concrete tanks,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA urges the company to do the right thing by sensitive marine animals and stop selling tickets to SeaWorld’s watery prisons.”
While orcas in nature form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 140 miles of ocean every day, those at SeaWorld are housed in incompatible groups in cramped tanks and have even been given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced aggressive behaviour. Forty-one orcas and numerous other animals have died on SeaWorld’s watch – far short of their natural life expectancies.
Nearly 95,000 PETA members and supporters – including Sharon Osbourne and Andy Murray – have contacted the travel provider to demand that it do the right thing and drop marine parks from its itineraries, as British Airways Holidays and Virgin Holidays have already done.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.