PETA Statement: Walrus at SeaWorld Died After Decades of Deprivation

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.

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