Four “orcas” in black-and-white wetsuits washed up at Big Surf Shores at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando today. The PETA protesters “beached” themselves under a sign proclaiming, “SeaWorld Kills.”
— PETA (@peta) August 2, 2017
“Forty orcas have dropped dead on SeaWorld’s watch, and not one of them died from old age,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “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—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—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.