Tell Congress You Won't Pay for SeaWorld’s Cruelty

SeaWorld is asking Congress and the White House for a bailout because of the effects of coronavirus, but the United States Government should not give taxpayer money to a failing company that forces animals to suffer for entertainment. These bailout funds, your tax dollars, should only be given to SeaWorld if it agrees to an immediate end to its dolphin breeding program and ceases all demeaning circus-style shows.

More than 100 dolphins are forced to live in inadequate tanks inside SeaWorld's US parks. They will never be released into the wild. Instead, they perform in exchange for their daily meals.

Dolphins at SeaWorld spend their entire lives in concrete tanks, hundreds of thousands of times smaller than their natural ranges. They are forced into artificial social groups and compelled to perform circus-style tricks such as tail-walking, beaching, 'breakdancing,' and giving rides to strangers who use their limbs as surfboards. Bored and frustrated by their captivity, dolphins at SeaWorld have been known to self-mutilate or attack other dolphins. Many suffer from infectious diseases as a result of weakened immune systems or a compromised environment.

These dolphins should never have been in captivity in the first place. But they continue to suffer because SeaWorld continues to breed for its greed.

SeaWorld is operating a failing business model. Its share price has fallen by 72% since the start of the crisis. SeaWorld has had eight CEOs in just the last six years, with the latest quitting this week after only five months on the job. SeaWorld has faced lawsuits for lying to investors, lying to park visitors, and admitted spying on animal rights groups. SeaWorld will drown unless it is forced to move away from captive marine mammal entertainment.

Sign and tell Congress you won't float SeaWorld's sinking ship!
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