PETA Statement: SeaWorld’s New Shark Display Is Dangerously Anti-Conservationist

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to SeaWorld’s new Shark Wreck Reef and partnership with artist Guy Harvey:

SeaWorld’s shark tanks send the dangerous anti-conservationist message that wild animals are ours to dominate and display in tiny tanks for profit. Captivity is devastating to sharks, and no mako shark has lived longer than three days in SeaWorld’s tanks. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to build coastal sanctuaries, where all the animals could finally feel the ocean currents, instead of slapping a fresh coat of paint on the same old exploitative business model.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our campaign against SeaWorld is available at Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is any further information that I can provide.

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