PETA Asks Council to Ban Frequent Fireworks—Including at SeaWorld

For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Diego – This morning, following the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee’s call for a ban on fireworks displays at SeaWorld, PETA sent a letter to Mayor Todd Gloria and the members of the city council’s Environment Committee urging them to ban all frequent fireworks displays for the sake of local householders, animal companions, and wildlife.

Local residents report that SeaWorld’s fireworks—which blast off over Mission Bay more than 100 times per year—are deafening, rattle their windows, and terrify their animal companions. Fireworks are also known to cause wildlife to flee onto roads and into buildings or abandon their nests—and are stressful to many captive wild animals, who can’t escape the blasts. Exploding fireworks also release chemical pollutants into the air and water.

“SeaWorld is terrorizing human residents, animal companions, and wild animals with booms and blasts that sound like an all-out war,” says PETA Foundation Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Animal Law Jared Goodman. “PETA is urging city leaders to end the noise and the pollution by banning all frequent fireworks displays.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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