‘Orca’ to Mark 47th Anniversary of Corky’s Capture With Demand for Her Freedom

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

For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

San DiegoWhat:    On December 11, 1969, Corky the orca was captured rodeo-style off the coast of British Columbia—and this December 11, a costumed “orca” will mark the 47th anniversary of her capture by leading PETA members in a protest outside SeaWorld San Diego. With signs proclaiming, “SeaWorld: Send Corky Home!” the protesters will call for her to be released into a retirement facility planned in a protected bay in her home waters.

When:    Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m.

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

“For 47 years, Corky has known nothing but misery in a concrete tank,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on SeaWorld to move her to her home waters, where she’ll be able to feel ocean currents and finally see her brother and sister.”

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—reveals in a 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 siblings, Fife and Ripple, who often visit the adjacent Blackfish Sound.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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