PETA Statement: SeaWorld’s Prison Tanks Don’t Belong in Abu Dhabi

For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to SeaWorld’s announcement of plans to build a park in Abu Dhabi:

In a country with a state-of-the-art Formula One racetrack, the world’s fastest roller coaster, and buildings that push the limits of architectural imagination, tiny tanks filled with miserable animals couldn’t look more out of date or out of place. Animals incarcerated in SeaWorld’s deplorable displays endure a life of misery, deprived of their families and the freedom to swim vast distances or do anything else that is natural and important to them. If Abu Dhabi wants to maintain its “extraordinary” reputation, it should quickly halt plans to imprison dolphins, seals, polar bears, penguins, or any other marine mammals at its new park—and focus instead on modern wonders such as 3-D mapping and virtual reality technology that actually enthral and inspire people.

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

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