Protesters to Descend On Georgia Home of New SeaWorld CEO

PETA Supporters to Call On Joel Manby to Take Action for Orcas: End Captivity, Open Seaside Sanctuaries Now!

For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Alpharetta, Ga. – SeaWorld’s new CEO, Joel Manby—and his family and neighbors—will get a wake-up call on Saturday morning, courtesy of PETA. Armed with signs proclaiming, “Joel Manby Runs Orca Prisons” and “The World Is Watching: Release Orcas to Sanctuaries,” PETA supporters will gather outside Manby’s Alpharetta home to encourage him to take the park in a new direction—one with coastal sanctuaries, virtual-reality displays, and other animal-friendly innovations—instead of being a cruel prison for captive orcas.

Where:           640 Falls Lake Dr., Alpharetta

When:             Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.

“Now that the public knows how the orcas at SeaWorld are drugged, separated from their families, and deprived of everything that’s natural to them, SeaWorld is running low on credibility and ticket-buyers,” says PETA Campaign Specialist Ashley Byrne. “PETA is reminding Joel Manby that his first priority should be to move the orcas to coastal sanctuaries, where they could finally live a more natural life.”

At least 37 orcas have died at U.S. SeaWorld parks and at an affiliated facility from causes such as severe trauma and intestinal gangrene. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—is calling on SeaWorld to develop ocean sanctuaries in which orcas could be rehabilitated and finally have the opportunity to engage in natural behavior that visitors could observe from nearby “whale watching” centers.

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