'MyLifeAsEva' Urges Fans to Skip the Dolphin Selfies and Just Say 'No' to Visiting Aquariums
For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Floating inside a glass aquarium tank, YouTube sensation Eva Gutowski—also known as “MyLifeAsEva“—puts herself in a dolphin’s place for a new PETA ad that proclaims, “This Is No Place for Animals. Don’t Support Marine Parks.”
In an accompanying video spot, Gutowski urges fans to avoid cruel attractions that hold animals captive—including “swim with dolphins” programs—explaining that no selfie is worth their suffering: “For years, I’ve seen people post that picture, like, in a tank with dolphins …. I could easily take that photo, but I’m not going to because whatever … I’m doing is influencing a lot of people .… Dream bigger than just fish and mammals in tanks.”
She says, “Seeing whales in the ocean is the craziest experience. It could never compare to seeing a whale in a tank with gross, nasty, stagnant water .… When it comes to visiting an aquarium or a zoo … just say no.” She explains, “[I]n your culture of your friend group and your family, you’re inspiring them with the choices that you make.”
In the wild, dolphins swim up to 60 miles per day in family pods and orcas travel up to 140 miles every day. But at marine parks, these animals are confined to cramped tanks filled with chemically treated water, and dolphins used in “swim with dolphins” interactions have jumped out of pools and have died after colliding or ingesting foreign objects.
Gutowski joins a long list of celebrities—including Teala Dunn, Bella Thorne, Amanda Cerny, Gregg Sulkin, and Noah Cyrus—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness toward animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.