‘Boycott SeaWorld Day’ to Draw Protesters

Beleaguered Abusement Park to Face Spirited PETA Protest in Campaign to End Dolphin- and Whale-Breeding Programs

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – On “Boycott SeaWorld” Day (July 24), a group of PETA members holding dolphin-shaped signs proclaiming, “Dolphins Drugged and Sexually Abused Here” and “SeaWorld: 300+ Dead Dolphins and Whales,” will descend on the park’s main entrance to urge people to stay away.

When:    Friday, July 24, 12 noon

Where:    SeaWorld main entrance, 7007 Sea World Dr. (at the intersection with Central Florida Parkway), Orlando

The protest follows the launch of PETA’s newest campaign against the company’s dolphin- and whale-breeding programs, in which SeaWorld staff masturbate male dolphins and remove females from the water, sometimes drugging them so that they can’t fight back, and shove tubes of semen into their uteruses. PETA has successfully pushed SeaWorld to end its sordid orca-breeding program and stop allowing trainers to stand on dolphins’ faces and surf on their backs.

“It’s inexcusable for SeaWorld to be creating new generations of captive animals who would be imprisoned in its small concrete tanks for decades,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges everyone to steer clear of this abusive place until it sends the animals to seaside sanctuaries and embraces non-animal entertainment.”

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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