PETA Statement: Blip for SeaWorld Comes After Bad July

For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – Please find below a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding SeaWorld’s second-quarter earnings report, which was released this morning:

PETA polls people outside SeaWorld parks every day, and we find that many mistakenly believe that all breeding has now stopped and bought tickets thinking that conditions had somehow improved for the animals there, not realizing that orcas are still being forced to perform the same tricks in the same tiny concrete tanks—and that other dolphins and whales are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged. We find that many families who recently went to SeaWorld say they’ll never go back after what they saw. Shareholders should be wary, as the public won’t be fooled for long and the company had a disastrous July: Its largest shareholder, Zhonghong, had to sell off an island resort complex that was to be turned into a SeaWorld park—so that’s not happening—and Thomas Cook, the U.K.’s largest tour operator, decided to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld following a PETA U.K. campaign. This summer’s events show that although the marine park may have a few upward blips, it’s on a downward trajectory that won’t stop until the animals are out of the tanks and in coastal sanctuaries.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” More information is available at

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