While the partnership is part of an effort to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities, advocates say that -- at least until SeaWorld ends its captive orca breeding program -- corporations shouldn't pair with the company, which has come under fire recently for its disturbing animal welfare practices.
McDonald's joins the likes of Southwest Airlines, which runs travel packages to the park, and Costco, which also sells ticket coupons -- both of which have been slammed by animal advocates for their partnerships, especially in the wake of the CNN documentary "Blackfish."
McDonald's did not return repeated calls and email requests for comment.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity -- despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in calling on McDonald's to cut ties with the company until they empty their orca tanks.