Live: ‘Orcas’ Take Over San Antonio Airport Baggage Carousel

PETA Supporters Demand Freedom for Captive Orcas at SeaWorld

For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – People arriving at the San Antonio International Airport are walking into a whale of a spectacle. A pair of PETA members bodypainted to look like orcas have taken over the baggage carousels and are calling on tourists to steer clear of the forced circus-style orca performances at SeaWorld. Photos and video footage will be available.

“While San Antonio tourists are free to come and go as they please, the captive orcas at SeaWorld can only swim in circles inside tiny concrete tanks,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on summer travelers to join the growing movement of kind people who won’t buy a ticket to SeaWorld until the company agrees to release the orcas into ocean sanctuaries.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that SeaWorld has torn at least 19 offspring away from their mothers. Among the 23 orcas currently imprisoned at SeaWorld is Takara, who recently gave birth to her fifth baby. PETA has offered SeaWorld $1 million to help with establishing ocean sanctuaries to spare Takara’s calf a lifetime of deprivation and suffering and to give all the imprisoned animals some semblance of a natural life.

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