PETA Statement: SeaWorld Is Still Trying to Stanch ‘Blackfish’ Bleeding

For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – Please find below a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding the latest round of layoffs at SeaWorld:

SeaWorld has just announced more staff layoffs—this time, 125—bringing the total to more than 1,100 employees rendered jobless since the documentary Blackfish debuted. PETA believes that investors would need rose-tinted glasses to imagine a rebound while SeaWorld must constantly scramble to stanch the bleeding. Instead of letting employees go, the company needs to let the orcas go—to seaside sanctuaries—and then it would truly rebound.

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

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