‘Dolphins’ to Stage Die-In Against SeaWorld’s Forced Breeding

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – To mark “Boycott SeaWorld” Day (July 24), a pod of PETA supporters in dolphin masks and “fins” will lie “dead” in the heart of downtown on Monday, each displaying a sign bearing the name and age of an actual dolphin who died in SeaWorld’s abusement parks. The action will alert passersby that over 400 dolphins have died so far at these facilities and that SeaWorld “replaces” them through its breeding program, in which the animals are sexually abused and sometimes drugged so they can’t fight back.

When:    Monday, July 24, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of E. Church Street and S. Orange Avenue, Orlando

“SeaWorld drags dolphins out of the water and forcibly inseminates them, all so the next generation can be forced to perform degrading tricks and die early,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges the public to boycott this hellhole, where animals are imprisoned and treated like breeding machines.”

PETA’s other “Boycott SeaWorld” Day rallies will take place at SeaWorld San Antonio on Saturday and SeaWorld San Diego on Sunday. PETA also encourages everyone to watch the groundbreaking documentary Blackfish and take action to urge SeaWorld to stop breeding dolphins.

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, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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