So, someone at your school thought it’d be fun to go see some massive marine mammals trapped inside cramped tanks and went ahead and planned a little senior trip to SeaWorld, did they?
In case this person somehow missed the documentary Blackfish and doesn’t know that dozens of SeaWorld’s corporate sponsors have jumped ship, there’ve been massive companywide layoffs, and there’s been a major shift in public opinion regarding the exploitation of animals for entertainment, we want to help you get any plans to visit this terrible place canceled.
Here’s a little refresher on reasons SeaWorld sucks. Since it opened over 50 years ago, SeaWorld has profited from tearing marine mammals from their ocean homes and families or breeding them in captivity, forcing them to learn and perform meaningless and demeaning tricks, and imprisoning them in shallow concrete tanks where they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them. Its entire business model is built on exploitation.
That really is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the company’s systemic and utter disregard for the well-being of the countless sentient beings it’s imprisoned over the decades. And that’s why we want to help you make sure your school doesn’t take a trip there! In the event that it’s gearing up to go to SeaWorld, here’s what you can do:
1. Ask the teacher planning the trip to screen Blackfish during class so that they (and the students) can see for themselves why SeaWorld is a terrible place for animals.
2. Talk to a different trusted staff member—like a teacher, a counselor, or the principal—about why you don’t want your classmates to visit the park. Point them to our website SeaWorldOfHurt.com for more information.
3. Order leaflets and stickers from PETA to hand out in school, and let your peers know why they should refuse to participate in a field trip involving SeaWorld.
4. Create a petition and ask your classmates to sign it. Get as many signatures as possible, and turn it in to the person coordinating the field trip (or to someone who can override their decision).
5. If teachers and other staff members won’t listen to students’ requests not to go to SeaWorld, e-mail us at [email protected] so we can help.
No student should ever be encouraged to support animal abuse, and educators are the last people who should be encouraging it. There are many senior trip options that don’t harm animals, so going to SeaWorld is completely unnecessary.
Your class can have a picnic on the beach, take a glass-bottom boat tour, visit an accredited farm sanctuary, or go to an amusement park that doesn’t keep animals in captivity—just to name a few ideas. The options are truly endless.