STA Travel Stops Promoting SeaWorld and Other Cruel Attractions
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STA Travel Stops Promoting SeaWorld and Other Cruel Attractions

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The world’s largest student travel company, STA Travel, has made the adventure even better by pulling promotions for three cruel attractions: SeaWorld, elephant rides and Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple!

After meeting with PETA and learning how SeaWorld confines intelligent orcas to small tanks and forces them to perform meaningless tricks, STA Travel immediately vowed to sever all ties with the unethical business.

This compassionate move will make an impact around the world. STA Travel employs nearly 2,000 people in more than 200 branches across 12 countries. It’s also setting a higher standard for responsible tourism – we’re confident that other businesses will soon follow suit.

At SeaWorld’s theme parks in the US, whales are deprived of everything natural and important to them. Whether they were kidnapped from the wild or born into a life of captivity with no hope of freedom, these magnificent and complex animals are locked up in barren enclosures and separated from their families. They swim round and round in endless circles, day after day – whereas in the wild, they have the whole ocean to roam in and will swim up to 100 miles a day. The oldest orca recorded in the wild is 103-year-old Granny. In contrast, many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s.

The announcement is part of STA Travel’s plan to reassess the animal-related tours that it offers in order to ensure that its young, adventurous customers can have fun, safe in the knowledge that their holidays won’t have a negative impact on animals.

Help us persuade other travel companies to do the right thing – if you see a business promoting SeaWorld marine parks, please contact its customer service team to explain how disappointed you are and urge it to follow STA Travel’s excellent example.

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  1. avatar Kevin Lawlor says:

    Well done STA. Great work.

  2. avatar Julie hunter says:

    Ethical tourism is the way forward!

  3. avatar Sarah Wharton says:

    Fantastic news Sta Travel

  4. avatar Laura says:

    Thank you for taking the right decision for the animals!

  5. avatar Zoe says:

    Hi Anne! This news has made my day! Go STA! My partner works for FLIGHT CENTRE….and they still promote Sea World! Grrrr! I know STA are their competitors and would definitely want to keep up with these ethical changes! Do you know if FLIGHT CENTRE has been targeted yet?! I know it’s a HUGE company- bigger than STA…..but I know they’d want to keep up! I’m going to get my partner to spread the news about STA around FLIGHT CENTRE OFFICES! Thanks!

  6. avatar Nathalia says:

    Thank you so much! You’re proving that there is still hope for animals in this world!

  7. avatar Helen woosnam says:

    Great news Sta travel, now for all the others to follow you

  8. avatar Alice Jane says:

    I have also liked STA for my flights but been unsure about using them for tours due to elephant rides, etc. This makes me so happy and proud of STA. If a company as reputable as STA can do something this huge, why can’t others ?

    Well done STA and more importantly, thank you ! You are an example to the younger generation.

  9. avatar Julie morris says:

    Well done Sta Travel for leading the way. Let’s hope others follow quickly. Mankind can be so cruel to defenceless creatures.

    • avatar Wowzers says:

      True, humans CAN be cruel… but the supposedly “defenseless creatures” you have in mind are often cruel to each other too (sad but true)!

  10. avatar Neesha Tanna says:

    For our pleasure we become so selfish we don’t let others live

  11. avatar Anita says:

    thumbs up for STA!

    There are many national parks in Asia where elephants can be seen in wild;

  12. avatar Chantal Walters says:

    Thank you STA. We’ll most definitely go back to you now!!

  13. avatar rose simpson says:

    i hope lots more follow your lead. well done

  14. avatar sharon gooding says:

    Well done STA travel. I will be on the look out for your name now when booking my hols. Thank you for being so compassionate and thoughtful.

  15. avatar Muriel Servaege says:

    Waw! At last!

  16. avatar Muriel Servaege says:

    Great news! Thank you!

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  20. avatar Traey Grace says:

    Good on you STA. It was time to make a stand and you stood!

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