‘Orca’ to Lead Rally Demanding Corky’s Freedom From SeaWorld Prison

PETA Is Calling for Longest-Held Captive Orca in the World to Be Retired to Her Home Waters, Near Her Family

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

San DiegoWhat:    Led by a costumed “orca,” PETA members will descend on SeaWorld San Diego on Sunday with signs proclaiming, “SeaWorld: Send Corky Home!” The action will be the first protest in PETA’s new “Free Corky” campaign, which calls for Corky, the longest-held captive orca in the world, to be released into a retirement facility planned in a protected bay in her home waters off the coast of British Columbia.

When:    Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m.

Where:    SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Dr. (near Sea World Way), San Diego

“Since 1969, Corky has known nothing but misery in a concrete tank,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on SeaWorld to do what’s right by freeing this orca from whale jail and giving her the chance to go home again.”

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—reveals in a new video starring OrcaLab founder Dr. Paul Spong, the retirement facility would allow Corky to relearn natural types of behavior, such as diving deep, swimming fast and in a straight line, and finding her own food. She could also communicate with her brother and sister, Fife and Ripple, who often visit the adjacent Blackfish Sound.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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