Mott’s Applesauce–SeaWorld Partnership Is No More

Parent Company Keurig Dr Pepper's Decision Nets Whale-Shaped Vegan Chocolates as Thank-You Gift From PETA

For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Plano, Texas – A box of delicious whale-shaped vegan chocolates is on its way from PETA to Keurig Dr Pepper for confirming that it did not renew Mott’s Applesauce’s multiyear partnership with SeaWorld when it expired at the end of 2018, taking a step that PETA had been pushing the company to take.

“We’re so pleased that Mott’s will no longer be associated with a company that still confines marine mammals to tiny concrete cells in which they go crazy, deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Mott’s now joins a long list of brands—including Hyundai Motor America, Panama Jack, Thomas Cook, and Air Canada, WestJet, JetBlue, and Southwest airlines—that have cut ties with SeaWorld after hearing how orcas and other animals suffer there.”

At least 40 orcas, over 300 other dolphins and whales, and approximately 450 seals, sea lions, and walruses have died at SeaWorld’s parks. The company and its former CEO recently agreed to pay $5 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s charges that the business misled investors about the negative impact that Blackfish was having on it. It’s also facing shareholder and consumer lawsuits.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—pushed for SeaWorld to ban orca breeding, which it eventually did, and is urging the company to close its tiny tanks and move the orcas and other animals to seaside sanctuaries where they could enjoy a more natural life.

PETA is now calling on AAA to stop promoting SeaWorld.

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