PETA Statement re Federal Probe of Miami Seaquarium

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Miami – Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Animal Law Jared Goodman in response to reports that the lease takeover of the Miami Seaquarium is on hold as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigates the outfit following the recent deaths of Catalina (the third dolphin to die of apparent trauma sustained causes there since 2019), a harbor seal named Coral who died of a chronic infection, and a manatee who died of starvation:

How many more animals need to die before the Miami Seaquarium calls it quits? This abusement park keeps shamelessly shoving incompatible animals into the orca Lolita’s abysmally small tank, which has now apparently led to Catalina the dolphin’s death. PETA welcomes the USDA’s investigation but warns that animals at the Miami Seaquarium will continue to suffer and die until the owners of this callous, exploitative operation finally release them to seaside sanctuaries.

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

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