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PETA Files Complaint in Behalf of Injured Dolphin at SeaWorld

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 11, 2012

Does this sound like déjà vu to you? A weekend visitor to SeaWorld in San Antonio has sent PETA disturbing photographs of a dolphin who appears to be missing a chunk of flesh from his or her lower mandible. The injury is strikingly similar to the one sustained by an orca named Nakai at the San Diego SeaWorld just a few months ago. Just as we did for  Nakai, PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and requested an investigation into the cause of the dolphin’s injury. 

In Nakai’s case, the USDA listed the orca’s injury as being caused by a recessed track that holds gates that separate two of the tanks. Another injury to another animal, also caused by SeaWorld’s dangerous enclosures, would demonstrate a clear violation of the Animal Welfare Act, which states that facilities must be structurally sound and free from objects, projections, or edges that may cause injury and that all animals must be handled in a manner that does not cause physical harm. 

But even without injurious enclosures, SeaWorld still harms marine mammals by robbing them of everything that is natural, pleasant, and important to them, such as living in family pods and swimming up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean

 

And SeaWorld sentences animals to an early grave: Orcas, for instance, can expect to live an average of 30 to 50 years in the wild, and some live as long as 90 years. The median age for orcas in captivity is only 9 years. The debilitating stress of captivity weakens the animals’ immune systems. In fact, some other weekend visitors to SeaWorld San Antonio reportedly told employees about a shark who was lying belly-up in a tank and appeared to be dead.

SeaWorld: Dangerous for human beings and deadly for marine animals.

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  • Jay says:

    I am very upset that animals are being mistreated at Sea World and I will not patronize the park.

  • Ree says:

    God Bless you Mr Barker and thank you standing up for the voiceless. You are a man of honor and I follow your example.

  • Carmen Gagliardi says:

    COME ON SEAWORLD WHATS GOING ON???????? THIS JUST IS SO WRONG AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT…..SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!

  • SAROJINI says:

    DONT GO TO SEA WORLD OR ANY PLACE THAT MAKES ANIMALS PERFORM.

  • Erica Sweder says:

    This type of captivity is obviously not working when dolphins, orcas, etc..are being harmed. They need to be out in the ocean wild and free!

  • SERKAN OYLUMLU says:

    Happy birthday, Bob…

  • michelle loch says:

    free theses animals sea world. you are neglectful and abusive,and should be shut down !!!!!!

  • Jen rankin says:

    STOP THIS NOW!!!!! Your a disgrace!

  • Gaby Martìnez says:

    Escribo esta carta porque me indigna que se aprovechen de seres indefensos .No se vale.

  • magdalena says:

    free and safe from harm

  • Gabrielle says:

    Please stop with all dolphin orcan shows unless you give them full access to a natural, large , non-stressful habitat.

  • Cassandra says:

    Happy birthday, Bob, and thank you for making the most of every moment to politely & effectively speak for the animals. The world is better because you are in it!

  • Free the Whales says:

    When will this end! SeaWorld needs to free these dolphins and also quit breeding them. Captivity is Hurts!

  • Tosha says:

    Porpoises and whales are some of the most brilliant, beautiful, and stunning animals we are more than lucky to share this world with. Please stop hurting and abusing them and leave them alone in their natural habitat!

  • Sarah_elizabeth says:

    This photo is very disturbing to see, nobody goes to Sea World expecting to see an injured animal in an already caged world. It’s heartbreaking that these poor animals are dragged away from their homes and are being abused for entertainment. I encourage that you regularly bring in a vet to check up on them every now and then to make sure they are taken care of.

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