Media Statement re: SeaWorld Orlando & San Diego see drop in attendance

For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2014

Unless people have been living in a cave—and so have not seen or heard of Blackfish—or simply have no heart, they are not buying tickets to SeaWorld. The park has been under fire since the documentary, which PETA has promoted heavily, showed how SeaWorld’s greed causes young orcas such as Tilikum to be taken from their families in the ocean and confined for a lifetime to tiny tanks that deprive them of all that’s natural and important to them. Shareholders sold off their stock, PETA exposed how SeaWorld drugs the whales, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld a ruling that SeaWorld’s “trainers” are no longer allowed in the water with whales, and the park has tried to combat drops in attendance by raising ticket prices. The public is disgusted with SeaWorld’s archaic captive-orca shows, and the park’s plummeting ticket sales reflect that. Soon, PETA may be the last remaining holder of shares, which we bought at the first opportunity so as to share death statistics and other atrocities at SeaWorld with all other stockholders.

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