PETA Statement re Passage of Ontario Orca-Protection Bill

For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman has released the following statement regarding today’s passage of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act:

PETA commends Ontario for ensuring today that future generations of orcas will not be stolen from their families and sentenced to life in a marine animal prison. While businesses such as SeaWorld continue to breed orcas, despite an alarmingly low survival rate, and turn a blind eye to the suffering and pain that captivity inflicts on marine mammals, the world is changing around them. Marine animal parks in Canada and the U.S. can no longer stall the inevitable. They need to retire the orcas to coastal sanctuaries, where they can safely swim in the natural waters that they were so cruelly taken from.

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