Orlando Couple Wins ‘Outstanding PETA Activist’ Award

Carla and Bryan Wilson Honored for Being a Thorn in SeaWorld's Side

For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – For spearheading a powerful local campaign against SeaWorld, Bryan and Carla Wilson—longtime members and coordinators of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida—are being recognized as Outstanding PETA Activists, a select group of top animal rights advocates across the country.

In addition to organizing regular protests outside SeaWorld Orlando and the headquarters of AAA, which sells tickets to SeaWorld, the Wilsons protested the Bahia Shrine Circus in central Florida for 20 years until its closure this year—and they’ve helped PETA put pressure on Starbucks to end its vegan milk surcharge by protesting inside the coffee chain’s locations around Orlando. They’ve also staffed animal rights information booths at numerous festivals and events, including Central Florida Veg Fest and Orlando Pride.

“Bryan and Carla Wilson are changing hearts and minds in Orlando and beyond through their dedicated animal activism,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Animals abused for food, entertainment, and more have true allies in this compassionate couple, and PETA is honoring them for making the world a kinder place.”

Each winner of the Outstanding PETA Activist award will receive a framed certificate.

PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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