New PETA Parody Exposes the Depressing Lives of Orcas in Captivity
For Immediate Release:
December 27, 2018
David Perle 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – She’s trained the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford and shared fitness tips on Good Morning America—and now, Kathy Kaehler has teamed up with PETA for a new parody video aimed at whipping the orcas at SeaWorld into shape in the new year. However, she struggles to come up with exercises that her “clients” can do while trapped in tiny concrete tanks at the abusement park.
After demonstrating how to swim in tiny circles and grind your teeth, she says, “And that’s all the moves I can show you, because until SeaWorld sends the animals to a seaside sanctuary, that’s pretty much all the orcas at SeaWorld can do. Well, besides dying way earlier than they would in the wild.”
In the wild, orcas may travel as far as 140 miles in a day with their family pods. But as Kaehler’s video reveals, those at SeaWorld can only swim listlessly in circles in chemical-filled water inside barren tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. Many have severely damaged teeth caused by gnawing on the metal bars and concrete sides of the tanks out of stress. The company has also separated baby orcas from their mothers and shipped them from park to park.
More than 40 orcas have died on SeaWorld’s watch, from causes such as severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, and chronic cardiovascular failure—and not one has come close to reaching the maximum life expectancy of the species in nature. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—has long called on SeaWorld to develop seaside sanctuaries for the orcas.
Kaehler is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Bella Thorne, Krysten Ritter, Noah Cyrus, Bob Barker, Alec Baldwin, Joan Jett, and many others—who’ve teamed up with PETA to speak out against SeaWorld’s cruelty to marine mammals.