Chained ‘Orca’ Will Protest SeaWorld’s Plan to Reopen

PETA Asks Families to Stay Away As Long As Marine Mammals Are Sentenced to Life in Cramped Concrete Prison Cells

For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – SeaWorld plans to reopen, so PETA protesters will descend on the park on Thursday with a chained inflatable orca and signs proclaiming, “Life in a Concrete Box Is No Life,” and urge families to find cruelty-free forms of entertainment.

When:    Thursday, May 28, 12 noon

Where:    SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Dr., Orlando

“Anyone who has felt trapped during this temporary lockdown hasn’t experienced even an ounce of the misery that orcas, bottlenose dolphins, and other animals have endured while being on lockdown for decades at SeaWorld,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA asks everyone to stay away from SeaWorld as long as marine mammals are imprisoned there.”

In nature, orcas work cooperatively to find food, forge intricate relationships, and traverse up to 140 miles of ocean every day. But at SeaWorld, they’re packed into shallow tanks in which they can’t escape attacks from other frustrated and aggressive orcas. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to develop a plan to move the orcas, bottlenose dolphins, and other marine mammals it holds captive to seaside sanctuaries.

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

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