|WestJet—the second-largest air carrier in Canada—is still selling SeaWorld tickets and tours, despite learning that the company’s cruel practices include confining sensitive and intelligent orcas to concrete tanks, giving them psychoactive drugs, and subjecting them to overwhelming physical and emotional stress, which has resulted in the deaths of both orcas and humans. Dozens of other corporate partners cut ties with the abusement park years ago, but WestJet continues to profit from animal suffering. Urge the airline to do right by animals and end its affiliation with SeaWorld.
It’s been more than three years since the release of the documentary Blackfish—whose „star,“ Tilikum, recently died after 33 years in a concrete tank—but orcas at SeaWorld are still swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. And other dolphins are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged. Facing sinking attendance, SeaWorld finally announced last year that it would end its sordid orca-breeding program—which has since been made illegal in California—but this action does nothing for the 22 orcas, more than 100 other dolphins and whales, and many other animals who are suffering in the company’s tanks right now.
It’s unconscionable to make the currently captive, miserable orcas live the rest of their lives, up to another 40 years, in these conditions. SeaWorld needs to build coastal sanctuaries—where these animals could feel ocean currents, hear and communicate with wild pods, and dive deep—and we need to show WestJet that its customers care deeply about the welfare of all the animals suffering at marine parks.
Please urge Gregg Saretsky, the president and CEO of WestJet, to end the company’s relationship with SeaWorld today.