The 10-year anniversary of Blackfish is on July 19! This powerful, informative documentary exposed viewers to SeaWorld’s exploitation of orcas who have been torn away from their families and confined to concrete tanks that, to them, are the equivalent of bathtubs. Corky is one of the orcas locked inside a tiny tank at SeaWorld, with little to do but swim in endless circles. She’s the longest-held—and quite possibly the saddest—captive orca in the world. To call attention to SeaWorld’s cruelty to orcas and other marine mammals—and encourage caring people to take action against the abusement park—PETA has declared July 24 to be “Boycott SeaWorld” Day.
While compassionate people refuse to go to SeaWorld any day, July 24 is a special time to hold demonstrations, write letters, and take other steps to spread the word about the suffering there. This year, in honor of Blackfish, PETA is encouraging kindhearted folks like you to hold a watch party for your friends, family members, and everyone else you know—and even those you don’t!
- To host a watch party, simply invite others over and show Blackfish, which is available for free or rent on Amazon Prime, FuboTV, Plex, The Roku Channel, Vudu, Tubi, Crackle, Kanopy, and Magnolia Selects.
- Serve vegan snacks—any good party needs cruelty-free munchies! Here are some recipes to consider.
- Print and share PETA’s SeaWorld factsheet with attendees to make sure everyone understands that the company has caused even more suffering than shown in Blackfish.
- Inspire everyone to do more—have a supply of leaflets and coloring sheets on hand, and urge guests to give them to others. E-mail [email protected] to request these resources.
- Encourage attendees to have their own watch parties or to share the Blackfish trailer with as many people as possible on social media or via e-mail.
For more ideas, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com. And be sure to tell everyone to take action by urging SeaWorld to send whales and dolphins to seaside sanctuaries.