“We are reviewing our entire portfolio of animal-focused tours,”“We are reviewing our entire portfolio of animal-focused tours,” Kirkpatrick told The Guardian. "We take this seriously and listen carefully to feedback from animal welfare experts, customers and staff. If something isn't up to our standards, we remove it."
Although STA Travel are not contracted directly by SeaWorld, it is disappointing that they have made the decision to stop selling tickets to our parks. It is unfortunate that STA Travel did not approach SeaWorld when conducting this evaluation so that we could share with them our high standards of care and the rigorous inspection and accreditation process that assures the health and well-being of our animals.Unfortunately, like most zoological institutions, we are sometimes targeted by animal activist groups that are opposed to the display of animals and too often trade in charges that are completely baseless. There is no higher priority for SeaWorld than the safety of our employees and guests and the welfare of our animals. SeaWorld operates under both federal and state animal welfare law, including the Animal Welfare Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and other statutes. We set the highest standards in the zoological community for the care and interpretation of marine mammals.