What if SeaWorld’s new commercial told the truth? “Because you know what whales hate? The ocean.” #LOL
SeaWorld’s most recent costly PR effort—a huge run of TV ads explaining the end to its orca-breeding program and circus-style shows but defending its decision to continue keeping orcas captive—is ripe for parody, as proved by this new PETA video.
“Some of SeaWorld’s justifications for continued cruelty are too laughable to argue with, so we thought we’d just make fun of them,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “In all seriousness, people need to stay away from SeaWorld until it releases the long-suffering animals to seaside sanctuaries.”
In the wild, orcas share intricate social relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse 100 miles of ocean every day. But at SeaWorld, orcas are housed in incompatible groups in tiny tanks, break their teeth by gnawing on metal tank bars, and are given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced, aggressive psychotic behavior.
While SeaWorld’s announcement that it will no longer breed orcas is a step in the right direction, to do right by the orcas now, SeaWorld must move these long-suffering animals to ocean sanctuaries so that they may have some semblance of a natural life outside their prison tanks.
We must also remember the other animals who will remain in captivity until SeaWorld does right by all of them.