PETA Statement: ‘SeaWorld: Let Animals Go—Not Employees’

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to reports that SeaWorld will furlough 90% of its employees:

SeaWorld should lay off the animals, not the employees. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to use this downtime to reinvent itself as a profitable amusement park with rides and other animal-free attractions, which is the kind thing to do and makes good business sense, as it will help the beleaguered company get back young people who won’t tolerate the cruelty of captivity. Now’s the time to move the orcas, bottlenose dolphins, and other marine mammals it holds captive to seaside sanctuaries where they’d no longer be quarantined in tiny tanks for life.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, the human-supremacist worldview that other animals are nothing more than commodities. More information about our campaign against SeaWorld is available at

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