BOLD and brave from Thomas Cook, the SeaWorld move was expected – but ditching Loro Parque is a surprise. I’d now expect other major UK travel businesses to follow this lead on the Florida attraction for starters.
SeaWorld has ended its orca breeding programme – a welcome decision. And its programme of rescuing injured, sick and orphaned sea creatures is commendable.
But I think the British public’s appetite for watching performing marine mammals has waned. It’s a throwback to a less enlightened time.
You can still buy your own tickets to SeaWorld or Loro Parque. And I think if you go for SeaWorld’s rollercoasters or Loro Parque’s parrots, that’s fine.
Just don’t go to the killer whale shows. Empty seats in the arena will get the message across.