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Well this can’t be too big of a surprise. After sending their own marine mammal veterinarian, Dr. Heather Rally, to SeaWorld, PETA is now filing a complaint that will call the U.S. Department of Agriculture to send inspectors to SeaWorld in San Diego. The complaint was issued as a result of Rally’s findings while at the marine park.

According to the report, Rally found “scars and lesions on dolphins, orcas, and other animals; witnessed unprotected and unsupervised contact between visitors and aggressive animals; and observed listless animals engaging in abnormal, repetitive behavior likely caused by stress, among other apparent violations of federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).”

SeaWorld has been under huge scrutiny since early 2013 when the documentary “Blackfish” made its life changing debut. The film chronicles the life of Tilikum – a performing orca who killed his trainer – while addressing other important topics in animal captivity. The film has had a noticeable impact on the park, since its release SeaWorld’s attendance dropped by 13 percent.

Ric O’Barry (the man who serves as the main focus for the Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Cove”) will be accompanying Rally in a news conference this week that will discuss the findings of the PETA report and potentially call for “immediate federal action.”

PETA President, Ingrid Newkirk, stated, “This veterinary report confirms that SeaWorld is causing animals to suffer both physically and psychologically in hopelessly inadequate tanks. PETA is asking families to stay far away from SeaWorld, where deprived orcas can do nothing but swim in endless circles, stressed dolphins take their aggression out on one another, and a walrus in solitary confinement is reduced to regurgitating his food out of boredom.”

PETA prides itself on preaching the motto “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” The organization’s complaint will highlight multiple AWA violations, one of which being that orcas are displaying abnormal behaviors (such as floating at the top of tank enclosures) that indicate signs of stress. PETA also intends on addressing the mental health of a SeaWorld owned walrus as well as the physical health of physically damaged captive cetaceans.

The meeting will be held on October 21 in San Diego. Only time will tell what further actions PETA can take against the multi-billion dollar marine park.

Image source: Antoine Taveneaux/Wikimedia Commons



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S.K.
1 Years Ago

As I am a self proclaimed animal lover, I do like to frequent these types of establishments to view the amazing creatures that I cannot see in the wild. I am against animal abuse and until it is proven that places such as Sea World is abusing their animals I will continue to support them. Their efforts of educating is by far better than any educational institute can give. These claims are not backed by facts only observation, in which another comment stated "scars and evidence of wounds" can be seen in any wild animal and does not prove that these happened while inhabiting Sea World. Furthermore, I do not understand why every twenty years or so a group of people are so dead set on discrediting Sea World and not making any mention of zoos or aquariums when they are apparently conducting the same treatment of animals. Sheesh, do the research bring facts and if that cannot happen then keep it to yourself.


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Ayla Falcone
1 Years Ago

Sigh the report would be so much more valid from a person not sent by PETA. "Scars and lesions", geez people you have obviously never seen these animals in the wild with huge scars from each other, the animals they hunt and predators. "Unsupervised contact", come on, you know that is just impossible. The only thing I agree upon is these animals making repetitive motions and behavior. Ah PETA you make yourselves sound like idiots once more. I\'m not saying these animals should be kept in captivity but at least make intelligent arguments.


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Leslie Ross
1 Years Ago

Close it, no one needed to be told this place is a house of horrors, i saw it when i was just a kid. Never been back and tell anyone and everyone not to go there. It is a very sad place, can not wait to hear it has been closed forever. Bless God.


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River S.
1 Years Ago

Of course they are stressed. That is not a natural environment. The animals don\'t get to be who they are. They are kept for the amusement of the people and for the money they bring in. I call that slavery and cruel. Sea World should be closed down.


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Dave
1 Years Ago

Many people are unaware that OSHA filed a report regarding Seaworld and these mammals. This request was made by PETA and others. The report did not find any concerns regarding the claims PETA had. In fact, several leading marine biologist assisted with the variety of testing on the marine mammals. They also said the animals are not in any danger and are treated very humanely. While many of them did say they do not agree with these animals being in captivity, they also said the public is incredibly misinformed to the truth due to many documentaries and opinions stating information that is untrue. The report and testing process took quite a long time to complete. I find it quite interesting that PETA has chosen to bring its own veterinarians after the federal report they asked for and preached about didn\'t come out in their favor.


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Samantha
1 Years Ago

Why doesn\'t PETA go to the Zoos and test those mammals. Why don\'t they advocate for there release!!!! They are a joke!!!


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Natalia
22 Oct 2014

AMEN to that Samantha!!!!! you are so right

Miyu
1 Years Ago

What the fuck does PETA know about animal care? They kill thousands of cats and dogs a year because they are "not healthy" or "not deemed worthy for adoption." SeaWorld isnt perfect by any means but how the hell is PETA any better?

Go attack McDonalds or Pokemon for more publicity.


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SUSIE
21 Oct 2014

MAMMALS BELONG IN THE OCEAN, NOT IN A BUILDING WHERE THEY SWIM IN A POOL ! IN THEIR HABITAT THEY SWIM FOR MILES A DAY . YOUR COMMENT MADE NO SENSE BECAUSE YOU DON\'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT !

Truth teller
21 Oct 2014

Miyu, you are misinformed. You have been lied to. Do some research before you spread those lies. Look at PETA\'s website and read about why they euthanize animals. Ask them, they will explain whatever you don\'t understand.

Phare
21 Oct 2014

Regardless of what PETA does in other areas they are correct in this one. As a Cetacean Researcher I can attest to the stress these extremely intelligent animals are under. They go into a trancelike state where they float and sink in one area of the tank which is NOT what they do in the wild. They rarely use sonar or whistles because of the affect of the tanks on those abilities. They cannot stretch out and roam the hundreds of ten of miles they will normally cover in a day and being highly social animals and strict social circles they are either kept isolated or often with those not of their own kind even those that are enemies in the wild (such as orcas with dolphins-Orcas eat dolphins). Often they are beaten up by their tank mates or visa versa causing tremendous injuries to one another. Yes, they do rake each other in the wild but they don\'t ram each other or seriously injure their own kind. I have seen these mammals commit suicide by stopping eating and become very aggressive with humans. People should not be allowed to pet them. 700-12,000 lbs is a powerful animal. Thank goodness someone is sticking up for them. Their containment is beyond cruel and tortuous. I know people think they are cute and love seeing them but we have to consider their well being and not use them for show against their will and kept in cement tanks too small for them. I low of what I speak. I worked originally at a well known oceanarium with dolphins and orcas while getting my degree. This has to stop.

mia
1 Years Ago

As it states, PETA\'s motto is - "animals are not ours to use for entertainment" Consequently, veterinarians for them are biased and represent a conflict of interest.

I\'ve seen many documentaries about wild orca and dolphins and, guess what, they have scars on them, and often from each other. Any marine biologist that studies these wild animals can attest to this.


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phare
21 Oct 2014

Mia, it is true, they do have rake marks in the wild. However not to the degree that they do in captivity. I have spent years working and studying these animals both in captivity and in the wild and what we are doing to them is unconscionable. They are massive animals used to roaming hundreds of miles in complex social groups with brains larger than ours. Imagine isolating the like of Stephan Hawking with no stimulation, no computer, company, feeding him dead unhealthy food and no contact with his own species in a cell with no view of the world and told to perform mindless repetitive tricks all day for the sole reason of some corporate institution to make money. You cannot fathom what they go through and have gone through in their lives and it is time to stop torturing them. I do know of what I speak and became a believer because of what I experienced. Like PETA or not, in this case they are correct.

Phare
21 Oct 2014

Mia, it is true, they do have rake marks in the wild. However not to the degree that they do in captivity. I have spent years working and studying these animals both in captivity and in the wild and what we are doing to them is unconscionable. They are massive animals used to roaming hundreds of miles in complex social groups with brains larger than ours. Imagine isolating the like of Stephan Hawking with no stimulation, no computer, company, feeding him dead unhealthy food and no contact with his own species in a cell with no view of the world and told to perform mindless repetitive tricks all day for the sole reason of some corporate institution to make money. You cannot fathom what they go through and have gone through in their lives and it is time to stop torturing them. I do know of what I speak and became a believer because of what I experienced. Like PETA or not, in this case they are correct.

sandra
1 Years Ago

Yeah ok. PETA sends in their doctors and they come back with negativity. Send in Seaworld\'s doctors and they will say the opposite. Dumbasses. What did you expect PETA\'s doctors to say? How many of you will ever see a killer whale or a dolphin or turtle? A sting ray or a seal? NEVER unless you go to SEAWORLD. Get over yourselves.


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phare
21 Oct 2014

Why is it OK to torture an animal and cause it stress, have it live a miserable life separated from it\'s family and kept from normal behaviors, fed dead food and forced to perform tricks for it\'s dinner in a tiny cement prison without any view of the outside world, much less it\'s normal world for the sake of a human being able to "see" it? It is so easy to see these creatures in the wild and it is truly a bigger thrill to experience this. It\'s time to stop our inhumane treatment of these amazing and sentient creatures, especially for reasons solely of greed.

The Doctor
20 Nov 2014

"fed dead food"

Human/restaurant quality fish

"forced to perform tricks for it\\\'s dinner "

Here we go again lol

"forced to do tricks for food" is one I see again and again.

First, anyone that knows anything about animal training knows that food is used as a reward. When an exercise is completed successfully the behavior is marked and rewarded. Otherwise the exercise may be repeated or not depending on the judgment of the trainer. In any event the animal will still get its regular allotment of food. Training is done before feeding since when the animal is hungry it will have increased focus on the work. A live performance isn\'t much different than a training session and rewards are given at appropriate times.

Second, the "tricks" the animals do such as swimming and jumping out of the water are simply natural maneuvers that are rehearsed and choreographed. Perhaps you didn\'t realize the whales "in the wild" will jump and slap the surface of the water with their tails in order to stun the fish they prey upon? You aren\'t going to force a whale to do anything it doesn\'t like doing. Animals like to play and the trainers know how to turn the work into a game.

Stick around, pay attention and try to keep and open mind and you might actually learn something



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