SeaWorld Going Bankrupt, Offered 250k To Become Sanctuary And Retire Animals

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SeaWorld has been failing financially for many years due to pressure from animal rights activists and organizations like PETA. Now PETA is offering SeaWorld a quarter of a million dollars to assist the company in building a seaside sanctuary in which to retire their current prisoners.

Starting with the documentary “Blackfish” in which the heinous and dangerous practices of SeaWorld were revealed to the public at large.

That dealt a blow that started a domino effect that has amplified investigations showing SeaWorld’s animal cruelty and employee safety issues that have resulted in dead and injured trainers.

With four CEOs in five years with the most recent of which has resigned SeaWorld has been crashing and burning for some time with the COVID-19 pandemic being the icing on the cake. over 90 percent of SeaWorld’s current staff have been terminated because of the ongoing crisis adding even further strain.

If the current interim CEO of SeaWorld Marc Swanson has been offered the $250,000 by PETA if he agrees to build the aforementioned seaside sanctuary and releases every single one of the marine animals held hostage for so-called entertainment at their parks.

PETA President and Co-Founder Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement: 

“This is SeaWorld’s moment to win back all the families who won’t pay to see marine mammals being deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them and trapped in concrete cells.

PETA will pay up to get the ball rolling on a seaside sanctuary where orcas, other dolphins, and whales could finally dive deep, feel the ocean currents, and enjoy a more natural life.”

In the letter to SeaWorld CEO Swanson, PETA wrote:  

“You have the opportunity to retire the marine animals in SeaWorld’s concrete cells and make the park a modern family attraction.

In a seaside sanctuary, these wonderful, complex, emotional, and intelligent animals could finally be able to dive deep, feel ocean currents, and live as they should, all while receiving care, food, and veterinary support.

This is your moment to do the right thing and win back hundreds of thousands of families who now steer clear of what they rightly perceive as abusement parks.”

The animal rights charity added that several other marine parks were already “moving away from the use of animals as living amusements,” and cited examples of the US National Aquarium and The Whale Sanctuary Project preparing to transition several marine animals into more natural surroundings.

Many on social media have celebrated and supported PETA’s proposal to SeaWorld in the hope that SeaWorld is finally done exploiting animals for profit.

“This is amazing news. I hope that they take this deal. No one has ever given free money to help SeaWorld in this fashion. It’s almost too good to be true but I believe it to be this time.🙏🏼🐬🐋,” wrote one Instagram user.

“SeaWorld is not kind to animals whatsoever. In their grounds many orcas, dolphins, seals, fish and other marine life live miserable lives!!!! Time to end this senseless cruelty,” said another.

“@seaworldsandiego take the money and save these animals lives!!! Stop torturing them! They aren’t out here for your entertainment and to make money off of! @seaworldorlando @seaworldtexas,” added a third.

SeaWorld needs to step up and do the right thing for the animals in their care. The world is changing and animal exploitation has no place in the vegan future that is quickly coming on. 

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Brandon Kirkwood

Animal Rights Activist (ARA), Vegan, Creator and editor of Vegan News, Father to an awesome cat named Boba, Youtuber

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