For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. – Below, please see a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to a recent TikTok video showing the aftermath of an apparent dolphin attack at SeaWorld Orlando that left an animal at the facility bleeding:
It never should have happened again, and how many more times must the dysfunction, cruelty, and profound animal suffering at SeaWorld be exposed? Left alone in their ocean homes, dolphins maintain dynamic relationships with large social networks, choose their own mates, and swim freely, but SeaWorld crams approximately 140 of these highly intelligent marine mammals into just seven small tanks and then expresses surprise when they lash out, again and again. PETA is calling on this hideous abusement park to end its exploitation of dolphins by sending them to seaside sanctuaries, where they would never be used in tawdry shows and no one else would get hurt.
This incident is not the only recent animal attack at a SeaWorld park. Just this summer, PETA received eyewitness footage from a visitor at SeaWorld San Diego showing a violent attack among orcas that seriously wounded at least one of them. And last year, PETA received whistleblower reports that the same park had put all 10 orcas held there together, despite a documented history of aggression among some of them, which led the now deceased orca Amaya to chase, rake, and injure an orca named Corky.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.