PETA’s Statement, re Today’s D.C. Circuit Court’s Ruling Regarding SeaWorld

For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2014

The D.C. Circuit’s decision today to the effect that SeaWorld must keep trainers out of the water signals an end to the days of trainers standing and riding on orcas for human amusement at SeaWorld. With the life-threatening dangers to trainers and the detrimental effects of enslaving intelligent, social, and far-ranging orcas and confining them to concrete tanks, SeaWorld’s tawdry shows will soon be a thing of the past. SeaWorld needs to make the only responsible and humane choice and develop coastal sanctuaries for the orcas it confines and finally bring its business into the 21st century.”

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