PETA Withdraws Shareholder Resolution Calling for an End to Orca Breeding After SeaWorld Capitulates

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Following SeaWorld’s announcement that it is ending its captive orca breeding program—which is the exact step outlined in PETA’s shareholder resolution, submitted in December—the group is withdrawing the resolution.

“Following years of pressure from PETA, SeaWorld finally took a step forward by agreeing to stop breeding orcas for a lifetime of misery in captivity,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We are withdrawing our now-moot 2016 resolution and will submit a new resolution in 2017 calling for SeaWorld to move the orcas to sea sanctuaries, where they can finally have some semblance of a natural life—instead of being confined to prison tanks.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our withdrawn shareholder resolution is available here.

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