Loro Parque is a tourist attraction in the Canary Islands that exploits animals like orcas and dolphins for a profit, forcing them to do unnatural tricks for food in sub-standard enclosures. The park has ties to SeaWorld, which has “loaned” several animals to Loro Parque over the years, and like SeaWorld, the animals at this corrupt facility suffer immensely.
PETA investigators visited Loro Parque and reported on the animal neglect and suffering prevalent in all corners of the park, providing well-documented photos of collapsed dorsal fins, broken and missing teeth, scars and injuries, mucus-filled eyes, blatant neglect from park workers, and abnormal compulsive and destructive behaviors typical of zoochosis. To view the documented photos and report, visit here.
In an attempt to save their reputation, Loro Parque sued PETA for defamation, but a Spanish court has ruled in PETA’s favor, saying that PETA’s report, which was based on scientific research and well-documented analysis, is protected under freedom of expression laws. The court also ordered Loro Parque to pay for PETA’s legal fees for the case.
This is excellent news and an encouraging sign that society is opening its eyes to the truth of cruelty of marine parks, which can be largely credited to the critically-acclaimed documentary, Blackfish, which revealed the shocking degree of neglect and cruelty animals endure at marine parks like SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Until all the tanks are emptied, the best way you can combat the cruelty at these parks is by never buying a ticket to visit them. And please remember to share this with your network as a reminder why wild animals belong in the wild, not in tanks.
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