PETA Statement: SeaWorld Must Spare Newborn Calf a Lifetime of Suffering

For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio, Texas – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding the orca calf born today at SeaWorld San Antonio:

Throughout her life, Takara the orca has been artificially inseminated many times, separated from her mother and two of her children, and shuffled from theme park to theme park at SeaWorld’s whim. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to spare her fifth calf a lifetime of suffering in prison by retiring both mother and child to a seaside sanctuary, where they may someday be reunited with Takara’s mother, other children, and grandchildren.

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

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