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Vegan activists are calling on travel giant TUI to ditch controversial marine park SeaWorld from its itineraries.

The park has faced a backlash since 2013 documentary Blackfish, which showed animals being abused. In addition, numerous animals – including 41 orcas – have died at SeaWorld facilities at young ages.

Activists with vegan charity PETA went to TUI’s Luton headquarters today to protest, kicking off the charity’s week of action against SeaWorld, which will include protests in more than 15 locations across the UK.

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“If TUI hopes to maintain a shred of credibility with animal-loving British holidaymakers, it must stop profiting from orca abuse,” PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“PETA is calling on the company to join Thomas Cook, STA Travel, and numerous other travel providers in rejecting SeaWorld’s orca prisons, where highly intelligent marine mammals have no choice but to swim in endless circles.”

According to PETA, almost 27,000 people have written to TUI urging it to stop promoting SeaWorld since it launched the campaign last month.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.