For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders in response to the recent death of Obie, a walrus at SeaWorld San Diego:
As a veterinarian recently exposed, Obie the walrus had nothing to do at SeaWorld but press his mouth against the glass of his tiny, algae-covered tank and repeatedly regurgitate and swallow his food. He was bored, he was blind, and he died a decade short of his species’ natural life expectancy. This is SeaWorld’s much-hyped “rescue program”: life in a sad tiny tank. SeaWorld needs to do what’s right for these animals—and that’s building them coastal sanctuaries where they’ll finally have some semblance of a normal life.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our campaign is available at SeaWorldOfHurt.com.