Orca Who Beached Herself in Spanish Tank Must Be Released to Sanctuary

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2016

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman in response to a recent incident in which an orca named Morgan at the SeaWorld-affiliated Loro Parque in Spain’s Canary Islands beached herself:

Morgan was captured from the sea six years ago and has been fighting hard against the trials of her captivity ever since. Her behavior shows that she is frantic to get back to the ocean home that she remembers and misses. At Loro Parque, where she is “on loan” from SeaWorld, she is treated as a possession and used for profit. She has been attacked by incompatible orcas dozens of times a day, has smashed her head into a gate over and over again, and has now beached herself in absolute desperation. SeaWorld needs to release this suffering orca and the others it holds captive to a seaside sanctuary now.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our campaign against SeaWorld is available at SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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