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Urge SeaWorld to Extend their Commitment to Orcas to All Captive Marine Mammals

Urge SeaWorld to Extend their Commitment to Orcas to All Captive Marine Mammals

Name: Urge SeaWorld to Extend their Commitment to Orcas to all Captive Marine Mammals 

Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced a commitment to discontinue all of their orca breeding programs and phase out all orca theatrical shows in favor of educational experiences. This change will start at SeaWorld San Diego next year and will also take effect at their parks in San Antonio and Orlando. In addition, SeaWorld has pledged $50 million dollars over the next five years to help protect animals in the wild. The decision to end their breeding programs and theatrical shows, which follows in the wake of the release and popularity of the documentary Blackfish, is a huge step forward for the corporation and for the well-being of captive orcas.

While SeaWorld’s announcement is to be commended, we need to continue to work towards protecting all captive marine mammals, including other whale species and dolphins. Marine mammals are highly social, intelligent animals who deserve to live in nature, surrounded by the social structures they were born into. For some species, these family bonds form lifelong connections. In captivity, these mammals are confined to small holding tanks that restrict natural movements and prevent meaningful exercise. Often, incompatible animals are forced together in an artificial “family” structure. Life in captivity has been proven to cause intense stress, physical injuries, behavioral abnormalities, and immense boredom. Confining marine mammals and forcing them to perform in theatrical shows harms the animals, does not effectively educate the public and serves only to increase business profit.

Forcing these animals into a life of confinement for the purpose of entertaining humans is nothing short of cruelty. It is time for SeaWorld to extend their commitment to end breeding and theatrical shows to all captive marine mammals, not just orcas.

Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact SeaWorld’s CEO, Joel Manby, and Chief Parks Operations Officer, John Reilly, and urge them to extend their commitment to all captive marine mammals.
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  • Joel Manby
  • John Reilly

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Commending Your Commitment to Orcas and Asking You to Extend that Commitment to All Marine Mammals

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to commend your recent decision to end all breeding programs and theatrical shows for orcas in your amusement parks and to respectfully request that your company extend its commitment to all other marine mammals in your care.

Your announcement about the future of your parks is a huge step forward for the well-being of orcas and I applaud your commitment to provide funding to protect animals in the wild. However, this decision does not protect the many other marine mammals currently in your care in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando.

Marine mammals are highly social, intelligent animals who deserve to live in nature, surrounded by the social structures they were born into. For some species, these family bonds form lifelong connections. In captivity, these mammals are confined to small holding tanks that restrict natural movements and prevent meaningful exercise. Often, incompatible animals are forced together in an artificial "family" structure. Life in captivity has been proven to cause intense stress, physical injuries, behavioral abnormalities, and immense boredom.

While it may not be practical nor in the best interest of all of your marine mammals--particularly those bred in captivity--to be released into the wild, extending your compassion to all of these animals in regards to their treatment, their training and their habitat would go a long way toward increasing these animals' quality of life.

I thank you again for your policy change regarding orcas and urge that you listen to the wishes of your patrons and the public at large, and extend your commitment to end breeding and theatrical shows for orcas to all captive marine mammals.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]