PETA to Hold News Conference to Discuss Findings, Call for Immediate Federal Action
For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. – PETA Foundation veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally, who is experienced in working with marine mammals, has found what she believes are multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at SeaWorld Orlando, including evidence of orcas with scarring, likely from fighting, and severe dental trauma, including broken teeth, likely the result of biting on the bars and sides of tanks out of boredom, stress, and frustration. An isolated orca floated listlessly, and walruses swam in circles repeatedly—both of which indicate psychological distress. Dolphins were also allowed to come into direct and unsupervised contact with members of the public despite exhibiting skin lesions, which are often associated with environmental stress, and other possibly infectious skin abnormalities.
PETA is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to send inspectors to SeaWorld immediately to investigate these findings. Dr. Rally will join PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—for a news conference about her report on Thursday.
When: Thursday, August 13, 12 p.m.
Where: Aloft Orlando Downtown, 500 S. Orange Ave., Orlando
“I saw orcas at SeaWorld with scars, which are likely from inescapable fights that occurred as a result of locking up far-ranging marine mammals in incompatible groups in tiny concrete tanks,” says Dr. Rally. “I also witnessed evidence of psychological distress, including an orca who was floating listlessly and walruses who were swimming in endless circles.”
For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.