New Name, Same Suffering at SeaWorld: PETA Protesters to Push Company to Stop Exploiting Dolphins

For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2024

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – After years of criticism for its exploitation of dolphins and other marine mammals, SeaWorld Entertainment is changing its name to United Parks & Resorts Inc.—so on Monday, PETA supporters will descend on SeaWorld’s corporate offices in Orlando holding posters proclaiming, “Different Name. Same Animal Abuse,” to point out that the new name changes nothing for the animals held captive there. SeaWorld will still display them in cramped, barren concrete tanks—in which more than 40 orcas and over 500 other dolphins and whales have died, many prematurely—and subject dolphins to its breeding program, in which they’re sexually abused and sometimes drugged so they can’t fight back.

Where:    SeaWorld headquarters, 6420 Sea Harbor Dr. (at the intersection with International Drive), Orlando

When:    Monday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.

“No name change can erase SeaWorld’s sordid reputation for animal exploitation,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on SeaWorld to make a real change by building seaside sanctuaries where these long-suffering dolphins and whales could finally feel a bit of relief.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—points out that Every Animal Is Someone and offers free Empathy Kits for people who need a lesson in kindness.
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