Courtney Stodden Asks SeaWorld to Free Corky the Orca, Who Has Lost Seven Babies

In the Wake of Her Own Miscarriage, Stodden Says That Corky Has Suffered Enough In New PETA Video

For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2016

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San Diego – “The feeling of losing a child is one that no mother should ever have to experience,” begins Courtney Stodden in a heartfelt new video for PETA, which she filmed shortly after her own miscarriage. “That’s why it breaks my heart to think of Corky—an orca who has lost all seven of her babies, the last of whom was found floating lifeless at the bottom of a tank at SeaWorld.”

Stodden goes on to describe how Corky was captured off the coast of British Columbia 47 years ago, separated from her mother and all the other orcas in her pod, and sold into the entertainment industry. Since then, she has spent her life within the cramped, chemically treated confines of a concrete tank, enduring trauma, loss, and sadness. But as Stodden reveals, Corky has a chance to go home—if SeaWorld retires her to a seaside sanctuary in her home waters, where she could feel the ocean currents and communicate with her brother and sister, Fife and Ripple, who are her only surviving family and swim freely nearby.

“SeaWorld, take it from someone who has experienced great personal loss: Corky has suffered enough,” says Stodden. “Please, do the right thing and let her go home. The time is now.”

Stodden joins a long list of celebrities—including Joanna Krupa, Jason Biggs, Krysten Ritter, Marisa Miller, Tommy Lee, and Laura Vandervoort—who have teamed up with PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” to speak out against abusement parks that keep intelligent marine mammals in captivity.

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