Protesters to SeaWorld CEO at Christian Retreat: ‘Let the Orcas Go!’

PETA Members Will Call Out 'Sinner Joel Manby' for Denying God's Creation the Right to a Real Life

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Frisco, Texas – With signs proclaiming, “SeaWorld: Animal Abuse Is Bad Business” and “Joel Manby: Let the Orcas Go,” PETA supporters will descend on Work as Worship—an annual Christian retreat at which SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby is scheduled to speak—on Friday to urge the abusement park chief to send the orcas his company holds captive to sea sanctuaries.

When:   Friday, February 23, 6:30 a.m.

Where:   Preston Trail Community Church, 8055 Independence Pkwy. (at the intersection of Independence Parkway and Congress Lane), Frisco

“Joel Manby has the gall to tout biblical principles, yet his company confines miserable animals to concrete cells and lies about their welfare,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on this SeaWorld sinner to release the captive orcas to sea sanctuaries, where they’ll finally have the opportunity to dive deep and live more naturally, free from exploitation.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that 41 orcas, more than 300 other dolphins and whales, and approximately 450 seals, sea lions, and walruses have died on SeaWorld’s watch. The company has laid off nearly 1,000 employees in recent years and is facing declining attendance numbers and revenue, a class-action lawsuit by investors, a consumer-protection lawsuit by visitors, and a criminal fraud investigation.

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