As more and more people come to understand how marine animals suffer and die while held captive at SeaWorld, the cruel aquarium chain is increasingly desperate to find some way to make itself look less heartless. Now, it’s attempting to ride the adorable tails of dogs and cats by offering free tickets to its theme parks prisons to people who adopt homeless animals from certain animal shelters.
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Now, PETA’s all for adopting animals instead of buying them from breeders or pet shops, of course, but SeaWorld’s public embrace of adoption can’t make up for the miseries that it continues to inflict on animals in its parks. And if you think I’m being too hard on SeaWorld, consider this—other four-legged and feathered animals “rescued” by SeaWorld are forced to join their aquatic cousins in performing stupid tricks for tourists in the parks’ “Pets Ahoy” and “Pets Rule” shows.
If you live near a SeaWorld (and even if you don’t), then please, by all means, give an animal a loving home by adopting from a local animal shelter. But don’t give SeaWorld cover for its wicked, wicked ways by accepting its tickets.
Written by Jeff Mackey