By allowing SeaWorld’s float into the parade, Tournament of Roses officials are promoting an industry that routinely abuses animals, but now PETA is urging Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to require an update to SeaWorld’s float design that more accurately depicts what the orcas at SeaWorld endure.
Our float design features an orca struggling to get free from a restrictive fish bowl, which is surrounded by a sea of chains and locks. The float’s tagline reads, “SeaWorld of Hurt—Where Happiness Tanks.”
Orcas are powerful, intelligent animals who, in their natural habitat, swim up to 100 miles a day and maintain complex social bonds with members of their pods. SeaWorld deprives orcas of all the richness of their natural environment while forcing them to “perform” silly tricks for amphitheaters full of noisy, frightening crowds.