(SEA WORLD) In another bold attempt to release SeaWorld’s enslaved animals back into the wild, PETA has recently announced it has purchased enough common stock in the cruel company to give the animal activism group rights to attend annual shareholder meetings and submit resolutions. The group’s ultimate goal is to free the long-imprisoned orcas, which have been a subject of controversy for many years. Whales can swim up to a 100 nautical miles in one day, and experts agree that putting them in a pool causes them great trauma—as was the case with Tilikum who killed two SeaWorld trainers after developing aggression due to a lifetime in captivity. Hopefully this move will be allow PETA to actually bring about change, rather than just waste money. Read on to find out why it’s important to release SeaWorld’s orcas from captivity. — Global Animal
PETA, David Perle
Orlando, Fla. — This morning, as the stock went on sale, PETA’s order, sitting in the wings, allowed the group to purchase enough shares of Orlando-based SeaWorld common stock to give the group the right to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions. PETA, which was among the first to purchase shares during SeaWorld’s initial public offering, will try to end the suffering endured by the orcas, dolphins, and other animals who are confined to tiny barren tanks for human amusement at SeaWorld facilities in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. PETA wants SeaWorld to stop breeding and acquiring animals and also to release the orcas and dolphins it currently holds captive to coastal sanctuaries and, where possible, have them rehabilitated and released into the ocean.
“PETA’s goal is to stop SeaWorld from imposing a life of misery, confinement, and cruelty on orcas and dolphins,” says general counsel to PETA Jeffrey Kerr. “Depriving these highly intelligent social animals of all that’s natural to them causes them to chew on metal underwater gates and concrete, breaking their teeth out of sheer frustration and aggression.”
The captive orcas often express their stress through aggression by charging each other, resulting in wounds so severe that they are left out of shows and shaken for days. They also gnaw at tank gates, sometimes breaking their teeth, and often die prematurely. SeaWorld also lists more than 100 incidents of orca aggression—including trainer injuries and death—in its own incomplete records. PETA warns that the trainer who died in a February 2010 incident will not be the last victim as long as the animals are kept so frustrated in captivity.
In the wild, orcas share intricate relationships, and males in some populations spend their entire lives with their mothers. Pods have their own cultures, including unique dialects, and the animals swim as many as 100 miles every day. At SeaWorld, orcas continually turn in circles in small concrete tanks, which, in human terms, are equivalent to the size of a bathtub, and are also forced to perform circus-style tricks for food.
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