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It's been years since the release of the documentary Blackfish—whose "star," Tilikum, died after 33 years in a concrete tank—but orcas at SeaWorld are still swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their cramped tanks. Other dolphins are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged, and 140 of them are packed into just seven small tanks.
Facing mounting criticism, SeaWorld ended its sordid orca-breeding program, and after a months-long PETA campaign, the company is stopping trainers from standing on dolphins' faces and backs in demeaning circus-style shows. But the company must do more for the hundreds of dolphins, whales, and other animals languishing in its cramped tanks. It's time that SeaWorld ends its use of animals and releases the long-suffering dolphins and whales to seaside sanctuaries—where they would live in large areas of the ocean while benefiting from human care for as long as they might need—so that they can have a life outside their prison-like tanks.
SeaWorld and other marine parks teach the wrong lesson: that it's acceptable to imprison animals, deprive them of freedom of movement, deny them the chance to establish natural territory and explore, breed and group them as we—not they—please, and watch them go insane from frustration and loneliness.
Please urge SeaWorld to establish a firm and rapid plan to end its use of animals and release the dolphins and whales to seaside sanctuaries, where they would be given some semblance of the natural life that they've been denied for so long.
Please keep all correspondence polite in order to encourage officials at the company to listen to our message and take it seriously.