Laura Vandervoort proves the point that being held captive and forced to perform is no way to live. Yet day after day, year after year, and decade after decade, captive orcas are confined to tanks that, to them, are equivalent to the size of a bathtub and forced to perform unnatural tricks—all in the name of “entertainment.” Orcas are highly intelligent mammals with self-awareness and close family ties—just like us. Spending their lives trapped in small tanks leads them to fight with each other, causing serious injuries. They become so miserable that they’re placed on anti-depressants and even lash out at their trainers in frustration.
Laura is well-versed in the heartbreaking truth for orcas in captivity, so she has teamed up with PETA again to fight in behalf of animals.
Check out Laura’s behind-the-scenes video and exclusive interview!
- Orcas in the wild spend their entire lives with their families in pods.
- Captive orcas are stolen from their families and isolated.
- Orcas in the wild work cooperatively and form complex relationships.
- Captive orcas learn tricks, often by having food withheld from them, and those who refuse to perform are isolated.
- Orcas in the wild swim up to 100 miles a day.
- Captive orcas are confined to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub, and they swim in endless circles all day.
- Orcas in the wild live an average of 30 to 50 years.
- Captive orcas live an average of nine years.
Remember: Every purchase of a SeaWorld ticket contributes directly to the suffering of these majestic animals.