‘Orcas Suffer at SeaWorld’ Banner to Fly Over Fiesta Parade

PETA Calls On San Antonio to Stay Away From Abusement Park as Orcas Suffer With Illnesses and Horrific Injuries

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – A massive PETA banner proclaiming, “Orcas Suffer at SeaWorld—Don’t Go,” will fly over the Battle of Flowers Parade during Fiesta San Antonio on Friday. As SeaWorld loses profits, visitors, and executives, PETA is calling on the company to release all the orcas in its tanks into sea sanctuaries. These include Malia—who shows signs of infection, which killed her sister and her father, among others, at SeaWorld—and Katina, whose dorsal fin was recently split open, a horrific and potentially life-threatening injury.

When:    Friday, April 27, 9–11 a.m.

Where:    The plane will fly over the parade, from Broadway and E. Grayson streets to N. Santa Rosa and W. Travis streets, San Antonio

“As orcas suffer from life-threatening illnesses and injuries in SeaWorld’s tiny tanks, top-ranking executives are jumping ship,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on everyone to stay away from SeaWorld until it realizes that its only hope of survival is to release all marine mammals into sea sanctuaries.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that SeaWorld recently reported losing 1.2 million visitors last year. It’s facing a class-action lawsuit by investors, a consumer-protection lawsuit by visitors, and a criminal fraud investigation, and it’s lost four high-ranking executives this year: Its former CEO stepped down in February, its chief marketing officer resigned in March, and its chief creative officer and vice president of theme park experience design both resigned in April.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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