PETA Statement: Beluga’s Death at SeaWorld Proves Yet Again That Captivity Kills

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman released the following statement in response to the death of Stella, a 2-year-old beluga at SeaWorld San Antonio:

As at least 58 beluga deaths at SeaWorld facilities have proven, belugas simply cannot successfully be bred in tiny concrete tanks that deny them everything that is natural and important to them. That’s why facilities like SeaWorld have so desperately tried to import belugas captured from the wild, as this beluga’s parents were. Like the others before her, she died far, far short of the 50 years that belugas can live in their natural ocean homes, and her preventable death is one of the many reasons why PETA is calling for an end to SeaWorld’s deadly beluga-breeding program.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our SeaWorld campaign is available at

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