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No Golden Years For SeaWorld’s Whales

(SEAWORLD/PETA) On Wednesday, February 5, PETA reported SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is attempting to block a vote proposed by the animal rights group.

PETA is asking SeaWorld to create a sanctuary for their whales to be rehabilitated and comfortably retired, and where visitors can see the animals in their natural habitats.

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PETA became a SeaWorld shareholder in April 2013 in order to attend and speak at SeaWorld’s annual meeting. Photo Credit: Candice Emmons / The Associated Press

On Monday, PETA wrote on its website that wildlife sanctuaries would “go a long way toward mending SeaWorld’s battered image”—particularly since the 2013 debut of the documentary film Blackfish, which raised questions about the ethics of keeping intelligent creatures in captivity.

PETA and many other animal groups are strongly against the use of killer whales for entertainment purposes. So much so, in April 2013, PETA became a SeaWorld shareholder, purchasing the minimal amount of shares in order to attend and speak at SeaWorld’s annual meeting.

“Our first order of business as part owners of SeaWorld? Getting the orcas out – including Corky, who has been enslaved by SeaWorld for 44 years,” wrote PETA blogger Michelle Kretzer in a post on the day of the initial public offering.

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Corky is one of the many captive orcas who has performed as Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Photo Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Corky, who is forced to perform at SeaWorld San Diego, is said to be about 47-years-old and is one of the countless killer whales who performs under the name Shamu.

In order to block PETA’s vote, SeaWorld is attempting to call upon a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule that allows the company to essentially ignore a proposal by any shareholder that has not held stock for longer than a year.

PETA quickly sent a letter to the SEC requesting to deny SeaWorld’s attempts to block their proposal from being heard and voted upon.

SeaWorld has yet to comment on the matter.

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal

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