For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman has released a statement in response to the flooding at Marineland in Antibes in the south of France:
The deadly flooding at Marineland is further proof that marine prisons like Marineland and SeaWorld are dangerous for orcas and other animals. According to a past employee, Marineland had no filtration system, causing dangerously high bacteria levels in the water, and its malfunctioning chlorine-injection system caused trainers and whales alike to sustain serious and potentially blinding eye burns. Whales were so badly burned that sheets of skin peeled away from their heads and backs. These intelligent animals have suffered for years, and now they are in imminent danger of dying as they try to survive in a pit of muddy water. PETA is calling on Marineland to free these animals from these perilous conditions and immediately transfer them to coastal sanctuaries.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about marine-mammal parks is available at PETA.org.