PETA Statement: SeaWorld’s ‘Penguin Wetsuit’ Can’t Cover Up Cruelty to Animals

Below is a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding the wetsuit that SeaWorld Orlando has created for Wonder Twin, a penguin who is losing her feathers:

Where are the gigantic wetsuits for the orcas covered in rake marks from fighting in small spaces and the sunglasses for sea lions who may go blind from excessive ultraviolet light exposure in SeaWorld’s shallow tanks? The unnatural conditions at SeaWorld have left countless captive animals suffering, dead, and dying. Shoving a single penguin into a wetsuit cannot be allowed to detract from the company’s profit-motivated displays of wild marine animals whose lives have been reduced to being confined inside cramped glass boxes and getting carted around the country as props at film openings and celebrity parties. If SeaWorld gave a hoot for anything other than public-relations ploys, it would actually help these long-suffering captive animals by building coastal sanctuaries that would provide them all with relief.

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

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