Statement From PETA: SeaWorld Must End Captivity, Not Just Circus-Style Shows

For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2015

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David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman released the following statement in response to SeaWorld’s announcement that it will phase out its orca shows in San Diego:

An end to SeaWorld’s tawdry circus-style shows is inevitable and necessary, but it’s captivity that denies these far-ranging orcas everything that is natural and important to them. This move is like no longer whipping lions in a circus act but keeping them locked inside cages for life or no longer beating dogs but never letting them out of crates. As U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff indicated when he introduced the federal orca-protection bill, no change to SeaWorld’s tanks will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of these animals. That’s why PETA is calling on SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas and start building sea sanctuaries where they can experience an actual natural setting and finally thrive.

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