SeaWorld hits back at Virgin Holidays after company stops selling tickets to

first_imgVirgin Holidays said it has stopped selling tickets to the theme park chain’s captive whale and dolphin experiences.SeaWorld has hit out at Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson for “succumbing to pressure from animal activists” after it was announced Virgin Holidays would no longer sell tickets to the theme parks.Earlier this week, Sir Richard Branson wrote in a blog that Virgin “will end the sales and promotion of tourism attractions that involve captive cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins”.“Ultimately, Virgin Holidays plans to offer customers a world class, wild whale and dolphin tour portfolio meeting the highest ethical standards for the animals while creating a richer animal encounter experience for customers,” the blog read.The decision, which will take effect as soon as possible and will be fully implemented from July 31 this year, affects SeaWorld resorts in San Diego, Orlando, the Caribbean and Dubai.The theme park has hit back maintaining “no company does more to protect marine animals” and said it is activists who “mislead and manipulate marine mammal science to advance their own agendas”.“Virgin’s own corporate mission is having a measurable purpose that positively impacts communities and the environment. SeaWorld is the epitome of that mission,” SeaWorld said in a statement.Since the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which shined a light on the lives of killer whales in captivity, SeaWorld has struggled to combat public perception of its parks. SeaWorld hits back at Virgin Holidays after company stops selling tickets to theme park July 19, 20191 Commentcenter_img Bloglast_img read more