Monday was Boycott SeaWorld Day, and it turned out to be a real nightmare for the abusement park. The company was hit from all directions in just one day.
Today is #BoycottSeaWorldDay. RT & tell everyone why you boycott #SeaWorld! pic.twitter.com/ApJPeSBFnp
— PETA (@peta) July 24, 2017
Read on to find out how the day unfolded and to discover how you can help urge the abusement park to start building sea sanctuaries for the orcas trapped in its tiny tanks.
Tons of Celebrities Kicked Things Off by Tweeting About #BoycottSeaWorldDay
A slew of influential celebrities took to Twitter on Monday to share their feelings regarding SeaWorld’s cruel treatment of the animals it confines, and we hope the company was listening. Check out a few of our favorite celeb tweets:
Grew up in SD & @SeaWorld alot. UNTIL it hit me billion ton Whales cant live in a pool the size of a bathtub 4 them. abuse. they Belong @sea
— kathy najimy (@kathynajimy) July 24, 2017
First of all it isn't an entire world. It's a small part of a world. And it isn't even part of the sea. So there. And whales are tortured.
— Sean Cullen (@MrSeanCullen) July 24, 2017
I've just discovered a Sea World Attraction where the animals are really happy and it's free. It's called the ocean.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 25, 2017
Wait. Isn't that everyday?? https://t.co/oTFRtdOxpk
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) July 24, 2017
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 24, 2017
I boycott Sea World everyday. https://t.co/91Ukf6zLAJ
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) July 24, 2017
How is this establishment still open!!?? https://t.co/hFmvonunaX
— Valerie Fox (@ValerieFoxxx) July 24, 2017
— Ken Baker (@kenbakernow) July 24, 2017
I #BoycottSeaWorld because no one should live in a bath tub. Please stop supporting these cruel shows. https://t.co/ssAjPRYQVN
— Jessica Davies (@_JessicaDavies) July 24, 2017
I #BoycottSeaWorldDay because they horribly mistreat the amazing animals, it's not right. Treating them like toys for our viewing pleasure https://t.co/Ia7HUVRb87
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 24, 2017
Thank you Sir. @jamesocromwell #hero #SeaworldKills #SeaworldSucks https://t.co/tAIyIayLfu
— Bruno Amato (@BrunoAmato_1) July 25, 2017
#SanAntonio pls attend if u can #BoycottSeaWorldDay https://t.co/ZcJUqEkjBn
— Daisy Fuentes Marx (@DaisyFuentes) July 25, 2017
Captivity kills…again! https://t.co/tfRE4uEH1J
— Bonnie-Jill Laflin (@BJLaflin) July 25, 2017
Captivity kills! These beautiful animals belong to be free and happy in the ocean! ❤️ https://t.co/jBMZXaSmKq
— Bonnie-Jill Laflin (@BJLaflin) July 24, 2017
James Cromwell is my hero. https://t.co/Kvmc9HnMVx
— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) July 25, 2017
These whales should be in the open sea! Not in a fucking fish bowl! @SeaWorld https://t.co/VIKHWyJOug
— Jonathan Clark (@jbclark_) July 25, 2017
#RIPKyara #BoycottSeaWorldDay #EmptyTheTanks https://t.co/BRe5QEEAVQ
— August Maturo (@AugustMaturo) July 25, 2017
.@SeaWorld once again proving that Hell isn't all fire and brimstone. That sometimes it's just water and tanks #BoycottSeaWorldDay #RIPKyara https://t.co/YcdkYCou0O
— Emmett J. Scanlan (@EmmettScanlan) July 25, 2017
Orcas don't belong in San Antonio. @SeaWorldTexas #kyara #seaworldofhurt #BoycottSeaWorldDay
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) July 24, 2017
My fav part is when they say their main concern is the safety of their animals. And the savages in the stands. Another day, another lie. https://t.co/FXYn8YFLku
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) July 24, 2017
James Cromwell and PETA Activists Took Over an Orca Show at SeaWorld San Diego
Armed with a megaphone and wearing a shirt proclaiming, “SeaWorld Sucks,” Academy Award nominee James Cromwell led a group of PETA supporters in a takeover of SeaWorld’s “Orca Encounter” show.
HAPPENING NOW: Actor & activist James Cromwell is taking over #SeaWorld's new "Orca Encounter" show in San Diego to expose the sad reality of life for orcas trapped there. #BoycottSeaWorldDay
Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Monday, July 24, 2017
After informing the audience about the company’s history of premature orca deaths, the actor was detained and cited for trespassing. Three of the six PETA members who joined him in the peaceful protest pressed assault charges against the company’s head of security in San Diego after being detained out of public view. They reported that their handcuffs were removed and that they were sitting and obeying uniformed security officers when SeaWorld’s head of security—who was in civilian clothes and didn’t identify himself—roughly handled, assaulted, and attacked them.
The takeover made headlines immediately, getting covered by People, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Times.
Twitter Memorialized the Death of Baby Orca Kyara by Making It an Official Twitter Moment
To top things off, Twitter made a Moment titled “Last orca calf born in captivity at SeaWorld has died.” It featured a number of PETA tweets.
Last orca calf born in captivity at SeaWorld has died
Moments showcase current topics that are trending, allowing Twitter users to discover what’s unfolding instantaneously and on one cohesive page.
Celebrities weren’t the only ones calling out SeaWorld online. Others reacted similarly, tweeting their support for #BoycottSeaWorldDay:
#BoycottSeaWorldDay perfect day to stay home and watch blackfish! it exposes the truths behind SeaWorld. Watch on Netflix!
— savannah (@savjeafi) July 24, 2017
Could you live in your bathtub your whole life? Thanks…..but no tanks. #BoycottSeaWorldDay
— Lexie (@lexies_life123) July 25, 2017
Because I wouldn't want to live in a cell forced to do tricks, then get punished when I "go crazy" #BoycottSeaWorldDay #savetheorcas https://t.co/QkUEyVyTXy
— ☀️Lil Natty (@Laina_Patties) July 24, 2017
Seaworld is just an underwater zoo. Those animals belong in the ocean. #BoycottSeaWorldDay https://t.co/BdvTzpDzAW
— momma (@learodz10) July 24, 2017
Happy #BoycottSeaWorldday ! Don't support this horrible "amusement" park. Watch Blackfish on Netflix and educate yourself on the cruelty.
— Zach Dennis (@zachxary) July 24, 2017
The Onion also celebrated Boycott SeaWorld Day by sharing “A Look at SeaWorld’s Legacy: From Shamu to Forcibly Euthanizing Shamu” on Twitter:
A Look At SeaWorld’s Legacy: From Shamu To Forcibly Euthanizing Shamu https://t.co/IFSRFRO2wN pic.twitter.com/xg7NlYmSqv
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 25, 2017
“America’s finest news source” recapped 12 times that it’s made fun of SeaWorld—satirical news at its best.
Do Your Part—Speak Out Against SeaWorld
You, too, can make a difference for the orcas and other marine mammals held captive by SeaWorld. Click here to urge the company to empty its tanks, click the button below to share this post, and be sure to use #BoycottSeaWorld and tag us—@peta—in your tweet.