Ask Travel Company Thomas Cook to Stop Supporting Orca Abuse

https://support.peta.org/page/4221/action/1

The Thomas Cook Group—an international travel company based in the United Kingdom—continues to sell tickets to SeaWorld, despite being fully aware of the company’s cruel treatment of animals for profit.

orcas at SeaWorld

The travel group has publicly pointed to its animal-welfare policy as being an acceptable benchmark for the treatment of captive animals. But at SeaWorld, orcas live in cramped, concrete tanks and are deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them. With no physical, mental, or emotional stimulation, they spend their days swimming in endless circles.

Since the release of the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which exposed SeaWorld’s record of animal mistreatment to the public, people around the world have united against the park. Dozens of companies have severed ties with it, and celebrities—including Nick Cannon, James Cromwell, and Noah Cyrus—have spoken out against it. The company has lost hundreds of thousands of visitors and laid off nearly a thousand employees. At least 40 orcas have died at its parks, including three in 2017. And SeaWorld will keep sinking until it acknowledges that people don’t want to see animals swimming in endless circles in concrete tanks.

It’s time for Thomas Cook to follow in the footsteps of numerous other travel providers—including STA Travel and Virgin America—and sever ties with this marine abusement park.

Please urge Thomas Cook to stop supporting orca abuse.

Message to {contact_data~firstName} {contact_data~lastName}:

I’m writing to request that the Thomas Cook Group cease all direct and indirect sales of tickets to SeaWorld.

Orcas are extremely sensitive, emotional, and complex animals. In the wild, they travel up to 140 miles per day in close-knit groups, and in some populations, offspring stay with their mothers for life. The orcas at SeaWorld are driven insane by the frustration of being confined to tiny concrete tanks where they’re unable to swim or move freely or dive to any meaningful depth. They wear their teeth down to nubs and often break them as they chew on the sides and gates of the tanks, and some even smash their heads against the tank bottoms.

Since the release of the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish, the company has lost hundreds of thousands of visitors and laid off nearly a thousand employees. At least 40 orcas have died at its parks, including three in 2017. And the company will keep sinking until it acknowledges that people don’t want to see animals swimming in endless circles in concrete tanks.

Numerous travel providers—including STA Travel and Responsible Travel—have severed ties with SeaWorld. I urge Thomas Cook to do the same.

Sincerely,
Sylvia Linnenkohl
lis.lis@web.de

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