Swim With Orcas in PETA’s Virtual Reality Look at SeaWorld Cruelty

Empathy-Building Experience Out to Win Hearts and Minds of San Antonio Tourists All Summer

People in San Antonio are seeing—and feeling—what it’s like for orcas held captive at SeaWorld. PETA has set up its state-of-the-art “I, Orca” empathy experience right near the River Walk, giving participants the opportunity to use wireless Google virtual reality goggles to immerse themselves in a world where they can swim freely in the ocean with their orca family—and hear the cries of an orca trapped in SeaWorld’s barren concrete tanks.

Where:           Southeast corner of E. Houston and Navarro streets, San Antonio

When:             Beginning Wednesday, July 27, 12 noon, and continuing through Sunday, July 31

“‘I, Orca’ gives an orca’s-eye view of the deprivation and misery that result from imprisoning ocean-going cetaceans in a tiny abusement park tank,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging tourists to keep SeaWorld off their itineraries until these orcas swim free in seaside sanctuaries.”

“I, Orca” reveals how orcas at SeaWorld spend their lives floating listlessly in shallow tanks, unable to swim quickly, dive deep, or interact with their family pods. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—is calling on SeaWorld to develop seaside sanctuaries in which the long-suffering orcas can finally have some semblance of a natural life.

“I, Orca” will next appear at the intersection of Losoya and E. Commerce streets from Wednesday, August 3, through Sunday, August 7, and will continue to alternate weekly between the two locations for the rest of the summer.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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