C’mon, it makes more sense than Dollywood! And it could really happen—now that Anheuser-Busch is being taken over by InBev, a Belgium-based beverage giant, and InBev is thinking of selling SeaWorld to finance the new business venture.
PETA sent a letter to the CEO of InBev this morning offering to buy the marine mammal parks and their captive animals, thanks to a very generous PETA donor. Have we mentioned before how compassionate and amazing our donors and supporters are?!
Just don’t expect penguin enclosures, sting-ray petting tanks, or hoop-jumping dolphins. PETA’s vision is to turn the animal-exploiting money-maker into an educational non-animal theme park with state-of-the art virtual marine mammal displays that are so realistic that it’s as if you’re nose to snout with Flipper. And the animals currently held captive in the parks would be rehabilitated in coastal sanctuaries before being released back into their natural environments—a place many of the mammals remember fondly from before they were captured, sent to flounder (geddit?) in SeaWorld’s small pools, and forced to perform mindless tricks, over and over and over and over and over again, for the amusement of little children.
Virtual reality technology has become so advanced that there is absolutely no need to make animals suffer or to put them in danger for human enjoyment or education. 3-D effects put us right in the action—and make us feel as if we’re swimming in the cold Pacific with the great whites. It’s safe for the animals, and you don’t have to worry about losing a leg or being painfully stung by jellyfish.
You can read our full letter to InBev under the cut.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky