Dolphin Defenders to Descend on SeaWorld San Diego in Response to Secret Abu Dhabi Shipment

For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Diego – Armed with signs proclaiming, “‘Rescued’ Dolphins Sexually Abused, Exploited, Shipped to Abu Dhabi,” PETA supporters will rally outside SeaWorld on Sunday to alert would-be parkgoers that the company just sent 24 dolphins—including six from SeaWorld San Diego—to its new abusement park in the United Arab Emirates. The dolphins include Alice, who was “rescued” in 2007, imprisoned at SeaWorld San Antonio, and forcibly bred in the company’s dolphin-breeding program, in which staff pull female dolphins out of the water—sometimes after drugging them so that they can’t fight back—and shove tubes filled with semen into their uteruses. Alice gave birth to two calves via this forced insemination.

When:    Sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.

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

“Instead of shipping dolphins around the world to be put on display at another abusement park, SeaWorld should be releasing them to a seaside sanctuary,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges the public to stay away from SeaWorld this holiday season and always.”

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

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