PETA Celebrates: Virgin Holidays Ends Captive Whale, Dolphin Tours

For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to reports that Virgin Holidays has banned all sales of tickets to captive whale and dolphin attractions:

Hats off to Virgin Holidays, which has made a big splash by scrapping tours to any facility that imprisons sensitive whales and dolphins, denying them any semblance of a natural life. The tide is turning against marine abusement parks, and PETA is now calling on AAA to join Virgin by rejecting SeaWorld promotions.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview, and nearly 300,000 of our members and supporters contacted Virgin Holidays to urge the company to end these sales. More information about keeping marine mammals in captivity is available on PETA’s website.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind