Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY NIGEL THOMP­SON, TRAVEL EDI­TOR

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.

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