SeaWorld Speech at Tech Conference to Draw Protest From PETA

Protesters Will Point to Tanking Stock and Cruelty to Orcas as Two Reasons to Steer Clear of Abusement Park

For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

New York – As SeaWorld’s CEO and CFO prepare to speak at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media & Telecom Conference at the Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, PETA members will gather outside to remind participants that SeaWorld’s attendance and stock have been in a downward spiral ever since the hit documentary Blackfish revealed that the orcas at SeaWorld are separated from their families and confined to tiny tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub.

When:   Thursday, November 13, 8:30 a.m.

Where:  The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave. (between 49th and 50th streets), New York

“No matter where they go, SeaWorld’s executives can’t escape the ‘Blackfish effect’ that has tanked the park’s stock,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA will be on hand to remind SeaWorld that locking deprived orcas in concrete tanks is a disastrous move, both ethically and financially.”

At least 37 orcas have died at U.S. SeaWorld and affiliated facilities 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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