Update: On Friday, “orca” demonstrators were removed from SeaWorld’s Aquatica San Diego by police via wheelchair and stretcher and held prisoner—just as real orcas are at SeaWorld—after “beaching” themselves under a sign proclaiming, “SeaWorld Kills.”
The committed activists were charged with “trespass: obstructing a business operation,” but they were really just sticking up for the orcas who are imprisoned in SeaWorld.
Originally posted on July 3, 2017:
Ten “orcas” in black-and-white wetsuits washed up at Big Surf Shores at SeaWorld’s Aquatica San Diego today, the start of the busy holiday week. The PETA protesters “beached” themselves under a sign proclaiming, “SeaWorld Kills.”
Thirty-nine orcas have dropped dead on SeaWorld’s watch, and not one of them died from old age. This summer, PETA is calling on everyone to stay away from SeaWorld until the company agrees to retire the surviving orcas to sea sanctuaries.
While orcas in the wild share intricate relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 100 miles of ocean every day, those at SeaWorld are housed in incompatible groups inside tiny tanks and have even been given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced aggressive behavior. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to develop sea sanctuaries where the orcas could live a more natural life.
What You Can Do
In addition to boycotting the abusement park, you can do more to help the animals imprisoned at SeaWorld. Click the button below to ask the company to end all animal acts at its parks and release the animals it holds captive into seaside sanctuaries.