‘Orca’ in Bathtub to Urge USC Students to Stay Away From SeaWorld

USC Volunteers, peta2 Members Will Unite With Shared Message: Boycott the Abusement Park Until Orcas Are Sent to Sea Sanctuaries

For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los AngelesWhat:    Members of peta2—PETA’s youth division—will team up with compassionate University of Southern California (USC) students today for an eye-catching protest on the college’s main campus, where an “orca” will languish in a bathtub to demonstrate just how tiny SeaWorld’s tanks are for the imprisoned orcas. The protest comes on the heels of reports that SeaWorld will rely on Los Angeles residents to boost its nose-diving ticket sales this summer.

When:    Today at 11 a.m.

Where:    Trojan Shrine, USC Main Campus, Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles

“Students these days are too well-informed and kind-hearted to seek out the archaic and abusive animal performances that SeaWorld has to offer,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “peta2 urges all young people to stand up to cruelty by refusing to buy tickets to the park.”

peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that in the wild, orcas share intricate social relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 100 miles of ocean every day. At SeaWorld, they are housed in incompatible groups inside tiny tanks, break their teeth by gnawing on metal tank bars, and are often given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced, aggressive psychotic behavior.

For more information, please visit peta2.com.

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