PETA Statement on the Closure of Dolphinaris Arizona

For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to reports that Dolphinaris Arizona will “temporarily close” after the fourth premature death of a dolphin at the facility:

Dolphinaris Arizona—a desert death trap for dolphins—should never have been built in the first place and must shut down permanently. PETA urges the facility to do the only thing that’s right for the surviving dolphins: Move them at breakneck speed to a seaside sanctuary, as the National Aquarium is doing, rather than flying them to yet another marine park for no life at all in a concrete tank.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about “swim with dolphins” programs is available here.

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