SeaWorld executives recently announced that they’ve eliminated 320 jobs from the company’s parks and corporate headquarters. The announcement comes just two years after the company eliminated hundreds of other positions and is likely the result of sinking revenue and attendance.
While it’s unfortunate that many people have lost their jobs, it’s also important to note that the orcas at SeaWorld are still stuck in the same tiny tanks with no choice but to swim in circles for hours on end. Other dolphins and marine mammals are still drugged, forcibly impregnated, crammed into concrete enclosures, and made to do stupid tricks.
SeaWorld’s only hope of staying afloat is to listen to the public and orca experts, who say that enough is enough: It’s time to retire these long-suffering animals to seaside sanctuaries (safe ocean habitats), where they would thrive in a more natural, spacious environment.
What You Can Do
Let SeaWorld know that it should stick to building amusement-park rides and get out of the animal-abuse business. Don’t visit any of SeaWorld’s parks—and urge others to stay away, too—until the company releases the animals it holds captive to seaside sanctuaries.