Target: John Constable, CEO of STA Travel
Goal: Commend STA Travel for severing ties with SeaWorld, which has a questionable animal welfare record
STA Travel is the world’s largest student travel agency, offering travel packages to over 2.5 million people every year. The company, which advises young people on tours and expeditions, has recently announced that it would stop offering tours to SeaWorld amusement park.
This decision comes as a response to the growing ethical concerns about SeaWorld’s supporting facilities that have questionable animal welfare records. The popular marine park keeps killer whales and other marine animals in captivity, despite the fact that captivity causes unnatural behavior in whales. This often puts trainers at risk of being attacked by aggressive whales. Furthermore, these animals are often raised in oppressive living conditions. Killer whales at SeaWorld, for example, have little shade from the sun even though they spend most of their time deeply submerged underwater in the wild.
Due to these reasons, many companies have already cut ties with SeaWorld. Taco Bell and Southwest Airlines have also ceased their advertising campaigns with the popular theme park and have pledged to no longer offer deals such as reduced admission ticket coupons and other promotions. Commend STA Travel for severing its corporate ties to the abusive marine park and thank the company for its commitment to selling “safe and ethical” trips.
Dear Mr. Constable,
SeaWorld has a long history of questionable animal welfare practices. The owners of this theme park keep their marine animals in oppressive living conditions, often forcing large, intelligent whales to swim in tanks that are way too small and provide no mental stimulation. Furthermore, because these animals are bred in captivity, they often develop unnatural behaviors. As a result, many killer whales can become unnaturally aggressive, putting even the most experienced trainers at risk of being attacked or even killed.
In light of these reasons, many companies have already refused to work with SeaWorld. I commend STA Travel for doing the same. By severing ties with this notoriously cruel marine mammal park, you are letting the public know that SeaWorld is an oppressive company that engages in inhumane animal practices.
Thank you again for supporting animal rights and welfare by ending your business partnership with SeaWorld.
[Your Name Here]
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