Top European ticket agent stops selling bullfight tickets
08 April 2016
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has today thanked Ticmate - one of Europe's leading ticket agents - after it announced its decision to stop selling tickets to bullfighting.
This significant development follows an ICABS appeal last October in which we highlighted the animal cruelty involved in bullfights.
"Thank you for bringing up this question - we have had many fruitful discussions about this within our company and I believe you will be happy to know that we have decided to exclude the sales of tickets to bullfights from our websites," Ticmate founder and CEO, Marcus Moeschlin, stated in an email to ICABS.
Based in Stockholm, Ticmate is active in 40 countries on six continents and has sold over one million tickets to more than 4,000 attractions across the globe.
In a statement posted on the company's website, Mr Moeschlin commented: "Just when the season was about to end, the question came up whether we should keep selling tickets to bullfighting and after giving it a thorough thought, the short answer is 'No, we will no longer sell tickets to bullfighting'. A big thank you for all the feedback both in shape of spontaneous reactions and also to those who got the question 'formally'. In an isolated point of view, I think it is an easy question. It is totally against the Ticmate values to sell tickets to an event which final purpose is to kill an animal..." http://blog.ticmate.com/ticmate-stops-selling-tickets-to-bullfighting/
A big thumbs up to Ticmate for this compassionate response. Find out more about the company and its ticket offers at http://www.ticmate.com/
Ticmate joins a growing list of companies which have responded positively to ICABS appeals and removed references to bullfighting or bullrings. These include American Airlines, Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Ryanair Magazine, Jet2holidays, Marriott International, Hilton Hampton, Ebookers, Club Travel, Abbey Travel, Sunways, Low Cost Holidays.ie, Travel Department, Cancun Holidays Information Center, Co-op Travel, Ultimate Travel, No Fly Cruising, City Breaks 101, Original Travel, Escape Trips, Charter Travel, NY.T.Roma Hotel, Exclusive GP, Just Resorts, IceLolly.com, Burleigh Travel, Abercrombie & Kent, Holiday Transfers, Iglu Cruise, Oliver's Travel's, StagWeb, Joe Walsh Tours, Budget Travel, Osprey Holidays, AlphaRooms.com, Hays Travel, Le Boat, Holiday Hypermarket, Pack Your Bags, USIT Travel, Euroventure, Netflights, Sunshine.co.uk, LateDeals, Stagit and Sports Travel Guru.
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