The California Coastal Commission just voted to approve SeaWorld’s “Blue World Project” –a plan to build more orca prisons at the San Diego park, but only under one condition: no more breeding and no transportation of new orcas into the park. This amendment could ultimately end captivity for orcas in California!
SeaWorld officials had admitted that they intended to breed even more orcas to fill the new tanks as part of their “Blue World Project”, but the commission’s ruling ensured that if SeaWorld goes through with their project, no more orcas will be condemned to a lonely existence of deprivation, and misery. PETA wants SeaWorld to stop building tanks and start emptying the ones they’ve got by sending the orcas to coastal sanctuaries (sea pens), where they’d finally have some semblance of a natural life.
In nature, orcas choose their own mates. But at SeaWorld, orcas are forced to breed. Male orcas are trained to float on their backs, and their trainers masturbate them to collect their sperm. Females are artificially inseminated and forced to breed at a much younger age than they would in nature.
SeaWorld tried to defend its breeding program by saying, “Breeding is a natural, fundamental, and important part of an animal’s life.” But does this look natural to you?
The commission received more than 120,000 e-mails and letters from concerned supporters of PETA and peta2, and hundreds of protesters turned out at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
During the hearing, PETA representatives recounted incidences of calves being torn from their mothers, forced pregnancies, and premature deaths. One orca was force-fed Valium to curb his aggression—which was triggered by his confinement.
SeaWorld has been cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act and fined for failing to protect its employees properly. The park’s attendance and revenue are nosediving, and its shares are losing value.
Thanks to compassionate people like YOU who spoke out for orcas, SeaWorld and the California Coastal Commission know that we’re tired of seeing animals in captivity, and SeaWorld’s plan to build more orca prisons didn’t fool anyone! Keep the pressure on SeaWorld and urge them to retire all orcas!