Premier Holidays Pulls Plug on Seaworld Ticket Sales
For Immediate Release:
8 April 2020
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
PREMIER HOLIDAYS PULLS PLUG ON SEAWORLD TICKET SALES
After Hearing From PETA, Luxury Travel Provider Drops Captive-Cetacean Abusement Parks
London – After learning from PETA how orcas, dolphins, and other marine animals suffer when they’re confined to cramped concrete tanks, luxury travel provider Premier Holidays has confirmed that it will stop selling tickets to SeaWorld – the world’s most notorious marine abusement park – and all other parks that confine highly intelligent cetaceans in the name of entertainment.
“Premier Holidays has officially rejected marine-mammal prisons like SeaWorld, where sensitive, complex, naturally far-ranging aquatic animals are kept in cramped tanks,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “No travel provider should profit from cruelty to animals, and PETA urges TUI – which is still giving a financial lifeline to SeaWorld – to follow Premier Holidays’ lead.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that in nature, orcas 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, are sometimes kept in solitary confinement for months, and have even been given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced aggressive behaviour. Forty-one orcas and hundreds of other animals have died on SeaWorld’s watch – far short of their natural life expectancies.
Premier Holidays joins a long list of companies – including British Airways Holidays, Virgin Holidays, STA Travel, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor – that have stopped promoting SeaWorld.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.