For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Sacramento, CA – What: PETA “orcas” holding signs that read, “Governor Brown: Please Do Right by Orcas!” will be leaping about on the steps of the State Capitol as they urge the governor to sign the California bill heading to his desk that would prohibit marine abusement parks and other businesses from breeding orcas, a process that involves raping and artificially inseminating them.
When: Tuesday, August 30, 1 p.m.
Where: State Capitol, 1315 10th St., Sacramento
“Considering what we know now about orca intelligence and sensitivity, there is no justification for letting businesses breed more of them to suffer from chronic deprivation in tiny concrete tanks,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges Governor Jerry Brown to sign this bill the moment it lands on his desk.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that in the wild, orcas share intricate social relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and can traverse up to 100 miles of ocean every day. Orcas in captivity are separated from their families—including babies who are torn away from their mothers—and swim in endless circles, and many lash out violently in frustration at each other and humans.