Empty the Tanks! ‘Orca’ to Lead Student Protest at SeaWorld in San Antonio

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – Led by a costumed orca, members of Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS)—a PETA-backed, youth-led revolt against the archaic notion that humans are superior to other animals and can  exploit them for their amusement—will gather outside SeaWorld on Saturday to demand that the company end its sordid breeding programs and send the dolphins and whales it uses to seaside sanctuaries. The protest is part of a nationwide “day of action” that also includes SOS protests in Orlando, Florida, and San Diego.

When:    Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m.

Where:    SeaWorld’s main entrance, 10500 Sea World Dr. (near the intersection of Westover Hills Boulevard and N. Ellison Drive), San Antonio

“Students have spent a year in lockdown, thanks to COVID-19, but they’re objecting to SeaWorld’s practice of confining orcas to small concrete cells for their entire lives,” says PETA Director Rachelle Owen. “The students are demanding that these animals be given some semblance of a natural life and be allowed to dive deep and communicate with others of their kind in a seaside sanctuary.”

The San Antonio hub of SOS has repeatedly protested SeaWorld, calling on the company to stop forcibly breeding dolphins and whales and release all the marine mammals in its parks—who are confined to small concrete pools in which they often fight with incompatible tankmates, swim in endless circles, and wear away their teeth by gnawing on the sides and metal gates of the tanks—to seaside sanctuaries.

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 SeaWorldOfHurt.com or follow PETA on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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