PETA Statement re Serious Dolphin Attack at Miami Seaquarium

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Miami – Adding to the Miami Seaquarium’s litany of problems and USDA investigation, a TikTok video posted on Saturday reveals that a dolphin there apparently attacked a trainer, reportedly sending her to the hospital. Below, please see a statement from PETA Foundation General Counsel for Animal Law Jared Goodman:

Time is up for the Miami Seaquarium, where long-suffering dolphins desperately need protection and workers are at risk. PETA urges this abusement park to end its exploitation of dolphins by getting them to sanctuaries as quickly as possible, so that they’d never be used in tawdry shows again and no one else would get hurt.

The USDA’s investigation into the Miami Seaquarium unfolds following the recent deaths of Catalina (the third dolphin to die of apparent trauma sustained there since 2019), a harbor seal named Coral who died of a chronic infection, and a manatee who died of starvation.

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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