PETA to Converge on SeaWorld Music Fest With Simple Message: Boycott Cruel Park

Miserable Orcas Forced to Swim in Endless Circles in Tiny Tanks Is Nothing to Sing About, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – The orcas at SeaWorld are confined to small concrete tanks and forced to perform meaningless and unnatural tricks. Their lives have no resemblance to those of their kind living free in the wild. That’s why when visitors arrive to attend the park’s Viva la Música festival at SeaWorld Orlando on Saturday, PETA members will be out in force with the message that if you love marine mammals, you should stay as far away from SeaWorld as you can.

When:   Saturday, April 26, 12:30 p.m. 

Where:  The main entrance to SeaWorld (at the intersection of Central Florida Parkway and SeaWorld Drive), Orlando

“Buying a ticket to SeaWorld is underwriting cruelty to marine mammals,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “SeaWorld should use its resources to create a humane, animal-free theme park and retire the suffering orcas to large seaside pens.”

While orcas in the wild travel up to 100 miles per day in complex and closely knit groups, at SeaWorld they’re confined to tanks that are the human equivalent of a bathtub, kept in chemically treated waters, and grouped incompatibly. Earlier this year, fallout from the acclaimed 2013 SeaWorld exposé film Blackfish caused numerous musicians—including Pat Benatar, The Beach Boys, and Willie Nelson—to cancel their performances at SeaWorld. SeaWorld has been cited by the federal government for violating animal-protection laws.

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