PETA to SeaWorld: ‘Lay Off the Animals, Not the Workers!’

Group Will Call On Beleaguered Abusement Park to Save Itself by Sending Animals to Seaside Sanctuaries

For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

San Antonio – SeaWorld just laid off thousands of employees, prompting PETA supporters—all wearing masks and practicing social distancing—to descend on the abusement park this Saturday for a lively protest calling on SeaWorld to let the animals go, not its workers.

When:    Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m.

Where:    SeaWorld’s main entrance, 10500 Sea World Dr. (near the intersection of Westover Hills Boulevard and North Ellison Drive), San Antonio

“SeaWorld is laying off its struggling workers instead of releasing the animals who would do anything to get out of its concrete tanks,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is telling SeaWorld to save itself by becoming an amusement park filled with profitable rides instead of miserable animals.”

Following a vigorous PETA campaign, SeaWorld had to stop breeding orcas—but it’s still breeding belugas and bottlenose dolphins (sometimes forcibly after drugging them), and all the marine mammals at its parks are confined to small concrete tanks. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to end its breeding programs and develop seaside sanctuaries.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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