Once the documentary “Blackfish” revealed how much of a bully SeaWorld is, a lot of kids decided to stop sharing their toys with the marine park. Celebrities, musicians, restaurants, and now, airlines have decided to stop inviting SeaWorld to their play dates.
Southwest Airlines was a buddy to SeaWorld for 25 years. They even had three of their planes painted black and white and orca-like. But when animal advocates started petitioning, protesting, and boycotting the airline for their support and partnership with the exploitative marine park, the airline switched into “listening and educating mode,” said Southwest spokeswoman, Marilee McInnis.
“We … have engaged and heard from conservationists, SeaWorld supporters, and others on all sides of this issue,” McInnis said. What resulted is a “mutual” termination of the airline-marine park partnership that will end this year.
SeaWorld said in a statement that the end of the partnership involves no hard feelings as they plan to focus on expanding their
abusement park business in Latin America and Asia. (You know, because things are going so well for them in the United States.)
As for those SeaWorld-themed airplanes? Southwest will be returning them to the festive, non-animal-abusing colors we all know and love.
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