SeaWorld continues to turn a blind eye to the safety of humans and animals alike despite numerous tragedies—like the deaths of a mother and baby orca and the death of yet another trainer who was seized and held down to drown by a frustrated whale.
The intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the pitifully small tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Some of these animals were violently captured and torn away from their homes in the wild and many are forced to learn and perform circus-style tricks. According to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are common training methods.
The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for the animals confined there.
Please take a moment to write to The Blackstone Group—the company that owns SeaWorld—and ask that it immediately set in place a firm plan to release the animals to sanctuaries.
Dear Mr. Hamilton James,
I am shocked that SeaWorld continues to exploit marine animals for entertainment despite the many tragedies that the park has faced, including the horrifying recent incident in which a trainer was killed by a whale and the deaths of numerous captive orcas. These events did not have to happen, and I appeal to you to take strong action now so that similar tragedies never occur again.
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The intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the pitifully small tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Please make the humane decision to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries and replace them with state-of-the-art virtual reality and animatronic exhibits that wow youngsters and adults alike.
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