PETA Slams Duggars’ Selfish SeaWorld Visit

For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in response to John David and Abbie Duggar’s recent visit to SeaWorld:

There’s never a right time to visit a park where orcas and other dolphins swim in circles, float listlessly, and die prematurely in concrete tanks—but visiting SeaWorld during a pandemic is staggeringly selfish, especially when PETA just tipped off the feds to the park’s spreader potential. It’s a shame when parents teach their children to value their own fleeting amusement over the lives of others, and PETA trusts that kind families know better than to follow the Duggars’ poor example.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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