PETA Statement re Executive Shake-Up at SeaWorld

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange released the following statement in response to SeaWorld’s announcement of yet more sweeping changes to its executive team, including the departures of its chief parks operations officer, chief zoological officer, and San Antonio parks director:

With six high-ranking executives jumping ship in about 13 months and one animal death every month since November, SeaWorld is hemorrhaging leadership almost as quickly as the animals in its tiny tanks are losing their lives. The company’s only hope of staying afloat is to ditch its archaic roadside zoo–style displays and build coastal sanctuaries and new exhibits that feature only virtual-reality marine mammals.

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

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