PETA Asks Bindi Irwin to Use Her SeaWorld Gig to Help Orcas

For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Bindi Irwin’s much-criticized partnership with SeaWorld doesn’t have to be just a money-making scheme for the park—at least, that’s PETA’s hope. The group has just sent a letter asking Bindi, the teenage daughter of the late Steve Irwin, to turn her gig into an opportunity to help the orcas suffering in the park’s tiny tanks by adding a requirement to her SeaWorld contract that the park stop breeding baby orcas into a life of captivity and make plans to release the captive orcas to a seaside sanctuary where they’ll be able to live a more natural life.

“As a member of both the younger generation and a well-known family, you are in a position to advocate for animals and to educate your peers about them,” writes PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We hope you will carefully consider your relationship with SeaWorld and the damage that it is doing to your own reputation .… May we hear from you that you’ll pledge to be a true ‘game-changer’ for the animals at SeaWorld by holding the company accountable and demanding a timeline for the release of the orcas?”

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