‘Orca’ to Descend On Moonachie to Protest Macy’s SeaWorld Float

For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2013

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Moonachie, N.J. – Accompanied by an activist wearing an orca costume and holding signs that read, “Take Orca Abuse Out of Macy’s Parade,” PETA members will gather outside the building where the Thanksgiving Day parade floats are built and stored in Moonachie, N.J., on Tuesday. Their point? That the orcas confined to tiny concrete tanks at SeaWorld suffer every day of their lives and that Macy’s shouldn’t be endorsing animal abuse.

When:   Tuesday, November 26, 12 noon

Where:  140 State St., Moonachie

“The orcas at SeaWorld are denied everything that’s natural and important to them and are forced to perform cheap, circus-like tricks for a reward of dead fish,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “Forcing orcas to live in the barren tanks at SeaWorld is like confining a human to a bathtub for life.”

In the wild, orcas swim as far as 100 miles a day. But at SeaWorld, captive orcas—many of whom were taken from their ocean homes and family pods—continually turn in circles in small barren concrete tanks and live far short of their 60-year life expectancy. At least 23 orcas have died in U.S. SeaWorld facilities since 1986—and not one died of old age. SeaWorld has also been fined for allowing trainers in the water with frustrated orcas—which, as the high-profile death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau demonstrates, can be fatal.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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