PETA Statement: SeaWorld’s Sinking Attendance Confirms Need for Reinvention

Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman regarding SeaWorld’s quarterly earnings, released this morning:

SeaWorld’s downward spiral was revealed with another drop in attendance, even during its busiest season, which is another blow, following the California Coastal Commission’s requirement that the company end its cruel orca-breeding program if it ever wants to build new tanks. It’s as clear as the deep blue sea that SeaWorld’s only chance of competing in the 21st century is to do what PETA has long suggested and deep-six the circus-style orca shows in favor of coastal sanctuaries for orcas, replacing them with stunning cutting-edge virtual reality educational experiences like those created by Magic Leap that actually appeal to curious, socially conscious millennials and the kids of today.

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