Thomas Cook will remove from its catalogue the attractions including killer whales in captivity

Thomas Cook va supprimer de son catalogue les attractions incluant des orques en captivité

Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack Associated Press
Founded in 1959 in the United States, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen its reputation tainted by several scandals and the fierce opposition of environmental organizations.

The british tour operator Thomas Cook will remove from its catalogue the attractions including ” killer whales in captivity, announced Sunday its director general, Peter Fankhauser.

This decision follows a review of the group’s policy in matters of animal welfare, ” says Mr Fankhauser in a post published on the blog of Thomas Cook.

“From next summer, we will not sell more attractions animal keeping killer whales in captivity,” he wrote. “It must be clear on the kind of company that we want to be. This is why we have introduced our policy on animal welfare 18 months ago, and this is why we have taken this decision today. “

According to the british press, this decision will relate to the zoological park Loro Parque in Tenerife, in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary islands, and theme parks such as SeaWorld, devoted to the attractions of marine, with live performances of killer whales and dolphins.

Founded in 1959 in the United States, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen its reputation tainted by several scandals and the fierce opposition of environmental organizations.

Under pressure, SeaWorld has, however, announced in march 2016 end the breeding of orcas in captivity, while indicating that visitors could continue to admire in its parks with the majestic mammals up to the extinction of the present generation.

The announcement of Thomas Cook has been hailed as a “victory” by the association for the protection of animal rights PETA, which had organized many protests against the presence of these attractions in the catalogue of the group.

“There are good reasons for a company that is as respectful of the animals refuses to be associated with SeaWorld. The orcs are forced to spend their entire lives swimming in circles in tiny cells of concrete full of chlorine “, the organisation said in a press release calling on all british tour operators to follow the example of Thomas Cook.

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