‘Boycott Sea Circuses’ Ad Blitz Appeals to Local Schoolchildren

Eye-Opening PETA Ads Urge Teachers and Kids to Shun SeaWorld's Dolphin Abuse

For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Miami – As part of its campaign to stop SeaWorld trainers from standing on dolphins’ faces during performances—and to combat SeaWorld’s ginned-up efforts to lure schoolchildren and teachers there to bolster its negative image—PETA has just posted ads on benches near local schools urging everyone to stay away from marine mammal abusement parks.

“Kids love animals, and when they realize that SeaWorld packs highly intelligent, social, sensitive dolphins into shallow tanks and forcibly breeds them, drugs them, and uses them as surfboards and launch pads, they won’t want to go to those parks,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges educators and parents not to expose impressionable children to captive marine animal shows, as the take-away lesson is that it’s acceptable to abuse animals—when it’s definitely not.”

Children—who have a natural affinity for animals—would run kicking and screaming from SeaWorld if they knew how dolphins suffer there. In nature, these far-ranging animals swim up to 60 miles per day, dive to depths well over 1,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, and maintain dynamic relationships within large social networks. At SeaWorld, 140 dolphins are squeezed into just seven small tanks and can’t escape attacks from other frustrated, aggressive dolphins. A recent expert report revealed that many dolphins at SeaWorld have open wounds and extensive scarring—yet trainers still ride on their backs and stand on their faces in spectacles that offer no educational value whatsoever.

The ads are located on benches near Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K–8 at 19750 W. Dixie Hwy., 2390 N.E. 186th St., and the intersections of N.E. 186th Street and N.E. 24th Place and of N.E. 186th Street and N.E. 24th Avenue (in front of the West Aventura Town Center).

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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