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Corporation Must Be Held
Accountable for Animal Suffering, Human Deaths, Says Group
For Immediate Release:September 16, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. -- Holding signs that read, "Throw the Book at SeaWorld!" and "Stop
Imprisoning Orcas," PETA members will protest outside the Seminole County
Criminal Justice Center courthouse on Monday as the Occupational Safety and
Health Review Commission hears the case of SeaWorld v. the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA). The amusement park is challenging the
issuance of OSHA citations against it and against the $75,000 penalty that
SeaWorld received after animal trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by the orca
Tilikum, who had previously taken two human lives.
When: Monday, September 19, 12 noon
Where: Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, 101 Bush Blvd., Sanford
"Despite the premature deaths of three human beings and more than 20 orcas
at SeaWorld's parks, the company goes on making money at the expense of animals
and its employees," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "SeaWorld
must be held accountable for ruining marine mammals' lives by keeping them in
abysmal conditions that are dangerous to animals and humans."
While orcas in the wild share
intricate family relationships and swim as far as 100 miles each day, orcas at
SeaWorld are confined to small, concrete tanks—the equivalent of sentencing a
swimmer to a bathtub for life—and are forced to perform circus-style tricks for
food. Unsurprisingly, desperation and frustration leads these huge, intelligent
animals to lash out violently. The animals' own lives are at risk too: Orcas at
SeaWorld typically live far short of the 80-year maximum life span that orcas
enjoy in the wild. In fact, of the 21 orcas who died in SeaWorld facilities
between 1986 and 2008, not one died of old age.
more information, please visit PETA.org.
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