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02 August 2018

Hooray For Thomas Cook!

WDC welcomes holiday giant Thomas Cooks decision to stop selling tickets to see orcas in captivity at SeaWorld in the United States and Loro Parque in Tenerife.

During WDCs campaign to end captivity, we are working closely with Thomas Cook, advising them about the use of whales and dolphins in tourism. All whales and dolphins suffer in captivity and so we welcome Thomas Cooks bold decision it is a huge step in the right direction to help bring an end to this cruel practice.

In captivity whales and dolphins are held in stark, artificial tanks with no natural stimulation, making it impossible for these social, intelligent, mobile and complex creatures to live lives anything like they do in the wild. 

Thomas Cook is the first major UK holiday company to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and Loro Parque where orca welfare issues are a big concern. Their decision is based on two factors: 

  1. the scientific evidence which shows that whales and dolphins are totally unsuitable for life in a tank;
  2. and the serious concerns the public and their customers have about keeping these highly social, intelligent creatures confined just for our entertainment.

Other holiday operators like Virgin holidays have started to take action but more can be done. Some, like British Airways, have ignored WDCs approaches and see nothing wrong with continuing to make profits selling tickets to SeaWorld and Loro Parque.  We hope that this landmark decision by Thomas Cook may change their minds.

Our sincere hope is that other travel companies will now follow Thomas Cooks lead and take animal welfare concerns more seriously. Whales and dolphins should be wild and free not performing silly tricks for our entertainment and profit.

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