SeaWorld's breeding program is disgusting -- and only serves the stakeholders who stand to gain from massive ticket sales and publicity benefits of a new baby. In actuality, the more captive breeding that occurs, the more the suffering multiplies – we have known for years that intelligent, social marine mammals languish in captivity. The act of forced impregnation is traumatic enough; but the trauma continues when these baby dolphins or whales are born, just to die young, be ripped away from their mothers too early, or even sent away to other far away marine parks where they will never see their families again. We must shut down this for-profit abuse immediately to prevent future harm to more dolphins and whales.
The iconic rocker Joan Jett has been an advocate for animals for many years -- and was even involved in a cease and desist order against SeaWorld back in 2013. Jett watched the incredible documentary Blackfish, and was not only moved by the horrific details of the treatment of sea creatures there, but also realized SeaWorld was literally using her iconic anthem "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" during their Shamu show. Jett is continuing that fight in her recent efforts, and we applaud her for being outspoken about the horrors of SeaWorld. Using such a large platform is an amazing way to make real change. Now it's time we join her and show that we agree!The Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is in charge of the licensing and inspection of zoos, and also includes the department which administers the Animal Welfare Act. SeaWorld is clearly in violation of a whole slew of animal welfare policies, and it is time the department do what the public has been urging them to do for so many years: shut the institution down for good. We cannot continue to watch so many helpless sea creatures be abused and locked away in glorified animal prisons so that they can entertain human beings. Sign the petition now to tell the USDA-APHIS: close down SeaWorld now!