PETA offers SeaWorld $250,000 so marine animals can be retired to sanctuaries

Yvonne O'Halloran

Vegan charity PETA has offered SeaWorld a quarter of a million dollars if they agree to release all orcas and other dolphins they are holding and move them to sanctuaries. SeaWorld’s CEO Sergio Rivera has resigned- the company’s fourth CEO to do so in the past 5 years. The park is already struggling due to the closure due to COVID-19 resulting in 90% of their staff on a leave of absence.

Since the release of the documentary blackfish in 2013 which was available on Netflix, profits have dropped as it highlighted how these beautiful creatures suffer in captivity. PETA has offered to contribute $250,000 if CEO Marc Swanson agrees to build a seaside sanctuary and release all of the park’s marine animals so they are no longer exploited.


In a statement, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said: “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 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 abusementparks.”

This is amazing news. I hope that they take this deal, No one has ever given them 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.

Now it is just a waiting game to see if they will take the offer. We will update as soon as we hear.



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