PETA Statement: SeaWorld Ending Orca Breeding Program

For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2016

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk released the following statement in response to SeaWorld’s announcement that they are ending their orca breeding program:

PETA has campaigned hard and today there is a payoff for future generations of orcas. For decades orcas, dolphins, beluga whales, seals and many other animals have suffered in SeaWorld confinement, and to do right by them now, SeaWorld must open the tanks to ocean sanctuaries so that these long-suffering animals may have some semblance of a life outside their prison tanks. SeaWorld has taken a step forward but more must come. PETA urges kind people everywhere to keep campaigning strong.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” More information about our campaign is available at SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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