PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders sent this statement to The Dodo:
It's no surprise that SeaWorld is desperate not to lose yet another corporate partner. Thanks to efforts such as Blackfish, the world knows how orcas suffer physically and psychologically in SeaWorld's tiny tanks. SeaWorld has already lost two of its biggest sponsors, Taco Bell and Southwest Airlines, and many others; its stock has tanked; and it had to rope its own employees into voting in a poll about the company's reputation. PETA, along with its members and supporters, is calling on AAA to do the smart thing and cut ties with SeaWorld.
Yolanda Cade, managing director of public relations for AAA's National Office, told The Dodo in an email:
"AAA represents a widely diverse population of 54 million members. Those members are our most valuable source of information and we strongly believe communication with them as well as the general public is important. As a federation of independent club affiliates; each AAA club is responsible for the provision of member benefits and service within its geographic region in addition to offerings through national partnerships. Many clubs offer savings on the entrance fees or ticket prices at a number of hotels, attractions, sporting events, dinners and entertainment. Members over the years have opted to purchase SeaWorld tickets and enjoy the discounts the clubs are able to obtain for them. AAA evaluates its relationship with each of its national partners on an ongoing basis to insure they provide member value and satisfaction."