AAA Northeast has confirmed that it has stopped selling SeaWorld tickets.
The move follows protests by animal rights charity PETA, which kicked off its campaign with a life-size crying, chained inflatable orca outside AAA’s Upper West Side office in July 2018.
Since then, PETA and Protest SeaWorld NYC have protested more than 18 times outside AAA Northeast’s Manhattan club. The organization also has clubs throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
‘The right call’
“No decent business should want to be associated with an amusement park that’s still breeding dolphins and riding them around like surfboards in circus-style shows,” PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman, said in a statement.
“AAA Northeast made the right call in cutting ties with SeaWorld, and PETA is calling on AAA branches that haven’t yet done so to follow suit.”
AAA Northeast joins a growing list of travel companies which have cut ties with SeaWorld, including AAA Arizona, AAA Washington, and Virgin Holidays as well as United, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sunwing, and WestJet airlines.