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After months of campaigning, Thomas Cook has made the decision to stop the online promotion of SeaWorld. They will, however, continue selling tickets for the aquarium.

The park has a poor animal welfare record, seeing a number of orcas die in their captivity and has come under increasing pressure from the general public to end the captivity of whales and dolphins.

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John Hargrove, left the marine park in 2012 after 14 years caring for the whales and became a whistleblower.

“What continues to go on in parks like SeaWorld is an abomination.

“They claim captive orcas help educate people, and for years I bought into it. But Kasatka lived in misery, in barbaric and horrific conditions, and died in agony.”

A rep for Thomas Cook told Sun Online Travel: “We have taken steps to remove promotional content for all animal excursions, in line with our animal welfare policy.

“This includes adverts, social media promotional campaigns and blog content across our websites and social media channels.”

A SeaWorld spokesperson said: “SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment remains committed to operating at the highest animal welfare standards and tickets to our parks continue to be sold by Thomas Cook.

“All of our SeaWorld parks are accredited and certified by several of the world’s foremost zoological bodies including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA).”

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