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Top Five Reasons to Protest SeaWorld

Written by PETA | July 6, 2011

© Carla Wilson

 
PETA supporters in Orlando, Florida, spent the Fourth of July weekend declaring independence for whales and dolphins held captive at SeaWorld. Here are the top five reasons that freedom should include marine animals.

  1. Twenty-four dead orcas – and counting. Of the 24 orcas who have died at SeaWorld since 1986, not one died of old age. Many of their deaths were caused by captivity-induced illnesses.  
  2. Life in a bathtub drains marine mammals’ spirits. Forcing animals who naturally travel up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean to swim in continuous circles in tiny, barren concrete tanks causes stress-related behaviors, including suicide.
  3. SeaWorld tears families apart. In the wild, dolphins spend their entire lives in a pod with their mothers and sisters. Capturing even one dolphin disrupts the entire pod. Dolphins born in captivity are often taken away from their loved ones and shipped to other facilities.
  4. Frustrated animals are dangerous to people. Aside from the trainers killed by angry captive whales, the USDA has cited SeaWorld for several instances in which dolphins injured people in its swim-with-the-dolphins program.
  5. If you don’t support the jailing of innocent people, you shouldn’t support SeaWorld. Scientists at Emory University mapped the brains of dolphins and concluded that they are second only to humans in intelligence. Captivity is as hard on these sensitive animals as it is on people, but the dolphins are being punished without having committed a crime.

You can help by writing to SeaWorld and asking the company to let its prisoners go free—to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Kate Armstrong says:

    Watched BBC documentary about the Orcas at Seaworld – very depressing that they are allowed to keep these creatures in these awful tanks and do not seem to have any restrictions placed upon what they do to them – This needs to change NOW!

  • Linda says:

    Where can I find out about upcoming protests for Sea World Orlando as I would like to participate?

  • E Adamson says:

    SET THEM FREE! STOP VISITING THESE TANKS. IT’S INHUMANE. THEY DON’T BELONG AT SEAWORLD. I WILL NEVER GO TO SEAWORLD. STOP THE GREED AND SET THEM FREE NOW!

  • Sue Griffiths says:

    Please set the dolphins free. I know that you make a lot of money from them, but dolphins live 40 to 50 years in the wild. They never live to old age in captivity. They stay together in their family groups and pine for their family member who has been cruelly captured. Scientists have proved that dolphins in the wild call to their captured family member and the captured dolphin calls back. How cruel is that? And all because of greedy people making $$$$$ off them.

  • apann says:

    I have been to sea world as a child before i learned all that i did! I will never go to sea world or support anyones decision to go to any aquarium! good work guys! I wish i could have been their holding signs or doing whatever needed to be done!

  • Monica says:

    “Humans” will pay for the harm they committ upon other creatures on earth. They may not pay in THIS life, but they WILL pay. It’s the simple Law of the Universe.

  • Yvie says:

    Seaworld displays marine animals. They also have a seafood restaraunt. It’s all wrong. Set them free!!!!

  • dore elisabeth says:

    stop boycotter

  • barbara maierhofer says:

    Please, set them free

  • Libertad says:

    Think about it……

  • Cassi says:

    PLEASE RELEASE YOUR PRISONERS! ITS DISGUSTING YOU PROFIT WHILE THEY ARE MISERABLE, EVERYTHING NATURAL AND THAT THEY LOVE YOU HAVE TAKEN FROM THEM. SINCERELY,’ CASSI

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