‘Crying Dolphin’ to Protest SeaWorld Reopening

PETA Will Call On Abusement Park to Stop Breeding Whales and Dolphins for Lifetimes of Lockdown in Small Tanks

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Diego – Holding a sign proclaiming, “Locked Down for Life,” a “crying dolphin” will lead PETA supporters—all wearing masks and practicing social distancing—in a protest outside SeaWorld for the abusement park’s reopening on Friday.

When:    Friday, August 28, 11 a.m.

Where:    Near the intersection of Sea World Drive and Sea World Way, San Diego

PETA launched a new campaign at SeaWorld’s annual meeting in June calling for an end to the breeding of whales and dolphins, some of whom are dragged out of the water and forcibly impregnated after being drugged so that they can’t fight back. Some female animals endure this process repeatedly, only to have their babies die or be shipped to other SeaWorld parks.

“It’s indefensible for SeaWorld to use sensitive, intelligent, far-ranging belugas and dolphins as breeding machines so that it can make a buck,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on SeaWorld to stop creating generation after generation of captive marine mammals and start planning to move them to seaside sanctuaries.”

Following PETA’s previous campaign, SeaWorld agreed in February to stop allowing trainers to stand on dolphins’ faces and ride on their backs in cruel circus-style shows. PETA recently offered the park $250,000 toward building a seaside sanctuary—if it agreed to release the whales, orcas, and other dolphins in its custody.

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

For Media: Contact PETA's
Media Response Team.


Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind