For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Please find a statement below from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding SeaWorld’s second quarterly earnings report, released this morning:
SeaWorld is losing more and more visitors every month because public opposition to confining marine mammals to concrete tanks—where they are slowly driven insane, grinding their teeth down to nubs on the metal bars and floating listlessly in just feet of water—is at an all-time high. Meanwhile, PETA has continued its relentless campaign against SeaWorld all summer, providing expert testimony that orcas are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder; enlisting celebrity support from Alfonso Herrera and Lily Tomlin, among others; holding eye-catching demonstrations; and letting the public switch places with orcas in its “I, Orca” virtual reality experience, which urges everyone to stay away from the park. SeaWorld can’t hope to stay afloat unless it empties its tanks. If the National Aquarium can build coastal sanctuaries for the dolphins held there, one of whom was born at SeaWorld, then SeaWorld can and must follow suit.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” For more information, please visit PETA’s website SeaWorldOfHurt.com.