Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air Canada, WestJet Latest Companies to Cut Ties to SeaWorld Ahead of Whale Bill

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air Canada, WestJet Latest Companies to Cut Ties to SeaWorld Ahead of Whale Bill

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Airlines cut SeaWorld ties amid whale bill

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Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. are joining a growing wave of companies that have cut ties to SeaWorld, in sync with the spirit of a federal bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity and in the wake of concerns raised by animal rights advocates.

The Senate passed legislation last Tuesday that would make captivity and breeding of cetaceans such as dolphins and whales a criminal offence.

Air Canada says it stopped offering SeaWorld tickets for purchase on its website last week, calling the move a "commercial decision." WestJet dropped the tickets -- previously available as part of vacation packages -- last August.

SeaWorld, which has three marine theme parks in Florida, Texas and California under the umbrella of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. …

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