SeaWorld execs should find nothing but coal in their Christmas stockings this year. Attendance is down, SeaWorld’s stock has tanked, and the documentary Blackfish is still making waves. Celebs, schools, and corporations such as Virgin America, STA Travel, Taco Bell, and Southwest Airlines have severed their ties with the company, and shareholders have slapped it with a lawsuit. SeaWorld won’t even enter its float in this year’s Rose Parade.2014 Rose Parade SeaWorld Protest

The following are five ways SeaWorld is the worst Grinch of all:

lolita orca capture seaworld

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1. In the wild, orca calves usually stay with their mothers for their entire lives. At SeaWorld, orca mothers and their babies are separated so that the mothers can be turned into breeding machines and churn out future performers. The youngsters wail in anguish as they’re forcibly taken away, and their mothers can do nothing but despair as their babies are separated from them forever.

2. Wild orcas swim up to 100 miles a day and dive as deep as 1,000 feet. In SeaWorld’s cramped tanks, which are the equivalent of concrete bathtubs, all orcas can do is swim in endless circles in their own diluted urine.

SeaWorld orca tank

3. At least 37 orcas have died at U.S. SeaWorld facilities from causes ranging from severe trauma to intestinal gangrene, and 62 bottlenose dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks in the last 10 years alone, including 16 stillborn babies.

Orca SeaWorld Injury

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4. Five orcas who were kidnapped from their ocean homes and families have suffered in SeaWorld’s small tanks for decades.

SeaWorld orca collapsed dorsal fin

5. Corky was kidnapped from her family in 1969 when she was only 3 years old and has endured seven forced pregnancies. None of her calves survived more than 46 days. Her last stillborn fetus was found at the bottom of her holding tank.

Seaworld orca trainer

What You Can Do

Give captive orcas, dolphins, and other animals the best gift of all by refusing to buy a ticket to SeaWorld. Share this blog with your friends and family, and urge them to stay away from SeaWorld, too. Together, we can bring the animals one step closer to freedom this holiday season.

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