It’s Been a ‘Horrible July’ for SeaWorld—Here’s Why

Another day, another headline reporting SeaWorld’s sinking ship. This time, though, things are looking extra dismal for the abusement park.

Yesterday, Orlando Weekly reported that “SeaWorld had a horrible July.” According to the article, “SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment was hit with a double whammy of bad news in July.” One of those included Thomas Cook, a leading travel provider, announcing that it would cut ties with the marine park. On Sunday, the travel business said in a statement that it would “no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity,” which we all know are SeaWorld’s claim to infamy.

The happy news came after months of determined PETA campaigning that included more than 150 protests, tens of thousands of letters from compassionate members of the public, and multiple meetings with Thomas Cook management held throughout the last 12 months—including at the company’s annual meeting, when PETA U.K. demanded in front of the business’ shareholders that it do the right thing and end all ticket sales to the notorious marine parks.

“I am clear about the kind of business that we want to be. That’s why we introduced our animal welfare policy 18 months ago, and that’s why we’ve taken this decision today. And when so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them.”

—Peter Fankhauser, CEO, Thomas Cook Group

Thomas Cook Group’s CEO, Peter Fankhauser, said that the travel company has become increasingly “conscious also of changing customer sentiment.” As of yesterday, Thomas Cook’s shares are up. According to reports, they may “be up following the news that Thomas Cook will stop selling tickets to SeaWorld attractions over animal welfare fears.”

But this wasn’t the only hit that SeaWorld took in July. Earlier this month, Zhonghong Zhuoye Group, Co., Ltd.—the park’s largest shareholder—reportedly admitted that it couldn’t pay its bills. It was allegedly forced to sell the Ruyi Island resort complex, where it had planned to build a new Chinese SeaWorld park. Since then, its chair has reportedly fled to Hong Kong and is now “in hiding.”

And let’s not forget, it was only a week ago that #BoycottSeaWorldDay took over the internet and got everyone talking about the park’s cruel confinement of marine mammals.

Thomas Cook management finally realized that “customer expectations [are] changing when it comes to animal attractions” and that the majority of people are conscious and compassionate and don’t want to patronize businesses that exploit animals. SeaWorld and the other remaining companies that still harm animals need to realize this, too.

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