Supermodel and Soon-to-Be Mother of Two Confines Herself to a Bathtub for New PETA Campaign
For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2015
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Trapped in a bathtub, supermodel Marisa Miller—nude and pregnant with her second child—puts herself in the place of captive orcas at SeaWorld for a provocative PETA ad that proclaims, “SeaWorld: Separating Babies and Mothers Since 1970.”
“Being a mom and seeing Blackfish, it was extremely emotional,” says Miller—who is due to give birth in the next few weeks—in exclusive video interview with PETA. “I think any mother knows the sense of protection and connection you have with your baby.” That’s why she was heartbroken to learn that mother orcas at SeaWorld cry out in grief after their children are taken from them and shipped off to other parks—and that orcas at SeaWorld spend their lives in tiny concrete tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. Because of their confinement, they can only float listlessly, swim in circles, and attack one another until they die—usually far short of their natural life expectancy—from injuries, pneumonia, or other captivity-related causes. At least 36 orcas have died at SeaWorld—and not one of them from old age.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—is calling on consumers to boycott SeaWorld. And the public is listening: Following the release of Blackfish, attendance at SeaWorld parks dropped 13 percent, partners have cut ties with the park (including Mattel, which no longer makes its SeaWorld Trainer Barbie), and the company was named one of the worst in the U.S. in a Consumerist poll.
Miller joins a long list of celebrities—including Holly Marie Combs, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, Jessica Biel, Laura Vandervoort, and Steve-O—who have teamed up with PETA to ask consumers to stay away from SeaWorld.