For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. – Please find a statement below from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman regarding SeaWorld’s third-quarter earnings report, released this morning:
SeaWorld’s embarrassingly bleak figures come after the company’s stock hit an all-time low on Friday, after it announced in October that 350 more workers would be laid off (bringing the total to nearly 1,000 since December 2014), and after six marine mammals died there this year alone, including the infant orca Kyara, her grandmother Kasatka, and Tilikum, the orca in Blackfish who was abducted from his ocean family in 1983. If this abusement park wants to improve its earnings reports, it must overhaul its business model, release the surviving animals into coastal sanctuaries, and commit to earning the public’s forgiveness for the cruelty that it has committed.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—became a SeaWorld shareholder in 2013 to put pressure on the company to transfer the animals at its facilities to seaside sanctuaries. For more information, please visit PETA’s website SeaWorldOfHurt.com.