Kate del Castillo to Ask SeaWorld to End Dolphin Breeding

Actor Joins PETA to Make Waves at Abusement Park’s Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2021

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Orlando, Fla. – “When will SeaWorld recognize that in order to survive, it must stop sexually abusing and forcibly impregnating dolphins and whales and instead transfer them to seaside sanctuaries?” That’s the question that Ingobernable and La Reina del Sur star and honorary PETA director Kate del Castillo will pose to SeaWorld executives at the company’s annual online meeting on Friday.

“Over the past year, many people have gained a new understanding of what life may be like for animals imprisoned at SeaWorld parks, where lockdown never ends,” reads del Castillo’s statement to SeaWorld, available in full here. “Rather than producing generation after generation of animals who will suffer in cramped tanks, SeaWorld could install cutting-edge forms of animal-free entertainment.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that dolphins in nature swim up to 60 miles a day, dive to depths of nearly 1,500 feet, and maintain dynamic relationships within a large social network. But at SeaWorld, 140 dolphins are packed together into just seven small tanks. Female dolphins are taken out of the water and sometimes drugged so that they can’t fight back while staff shove tubes filled with semen into their uteruses.

Del Castillo belongs to a growing list of celebrities—including Alec Baldwin, P!nk, Pamela Anderson, and Gillian Anderson—who’ve joined forces with PETA to challenge SeaWorld at its annual meetings.

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