PETA Calls Out SeaWorld’s Sexual Exploitation of Mother Beluga

For Immediate Release:
July 26, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – PETA says the birth of a beluga whale at SeaWorld San Antonio is nothing to celebrate. Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman:

Because SeaWorld thinks that baby beluga whales sell tickets, it turned Luna the beluga into a breeding machine. Workers violated her, forcibly impregnating her to create a living prop for the park’s shows. Luna rejected her first baby. Now this one, her fourth, is doomed to a life of suffering and commercial exploitation. The birth of beluga babies into a life of confinement, condemned to swim in endless circles inside a barren tank, is not a cause for celebration.

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