Human ‘Dolphins’ Will Float in Tiny Tank on ‘Boycott SeaWorld’ Day

PETA Protest to Urge People Not to Go to SeaWorld, Shine Light on Experts' Condemnation of Extreme Dolphin Suffering

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – On “Boycott SeaWorld” Day (July 24), three human “dolphins” will be crammed inside a tank on the Venice Beach Boardwalk underneath a banner proclaiming, “SeaWorld: Stop the Dolphin Circus!” They’ll carry speech-bubble signs reading, “We Belong in the Ocean” and “Get Us Out of Here!”

When:    Wednesday, July 24, 12 noon

Where:    The Venice Beach Boardwalk, at the intersection of Market Street and Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles

The eye-catching underwater protest follows the deaths of more than 40 orcas at the parks as well as the recent publication of an expert report detailing that dolphins at SeaWorld have open wounds and extensive scarring—yet trainers still ride on their backs and stand on their faces during sea circus performances. Bearing the full weight of human bodies can damage the animals’ hearing, strain their muscles and joints, and exacerbate the injuries caused by confinement to cramped tanks—seven holding some 140 dolphins collectively.

“Highly intelligent, social, sensitive dolphins are packed into shallow tanks, forcibly bred—sometimes even after being drugged—and used as surfboards and launch pads in SeaWorld’s carnival-style shows,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges everyone to keep this abusive place out of their plans on ‘Boycott SeaWorld’ Day and every other day of the year.”

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 or

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