Media Statement: Statement From PETA on Birth of ‘Baby Shamu’—and Her Life of Deprivation

For Immediate Release:
December 6, 2013

In light of SeaWorld’s announcement of a “baby Shamu” born at SeaWorld San Antonio, the following is PETA’s statement on the matter:

SeaWorld has bred another orca into a life of captivity, where she will never be able to swim outside a concrete tub or interact with her family, from whom she will almost certainly be separated—just as were her siblings Kohana, who was sent to the notorious Loro Parque in the Canary Islands, and Trua, who was sent to SeaWorld Orlando. She’ll be forced to perform cheap, circus-style tricks and bred to build SeaWorld’s dirty business. She may also become dangerous. Her mother, Kasatka, nearly killed trainer Ken Peters in 2006, and her father, Kotar, harassed another incompatible orca in a tank at SeaWorld for years, ultimately severely wounding the other animal’s genitalia in an attack. Kotar was then sent to SeaWorld San Antonio, where he died in 1995 when a gate fell and crushed his skull.

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