New whale sanctuary plan prompts PETA to lobby SeaWorld


‘The Whale Sanctuary Project’ builds seaside sanctuary in Nova Scotia – PETA wants SeaWorld to start planning for orcas and beluga whales

For immediate release:
February 25, 2020

David Perlé 202-483-7382

Orlando, Florida – Today, in light of The Whale Sanctuary Project’s announcement of its intention to build a 40 acre seaside sanctuary for rescued killer whales and beluga whales in Nova Scotia, Canada, PETA sent a letter calling on the CEO of SeaWorld, Sergio D. Rivera, to crack. on a plane to move the orcas and beluga whales from SeaWorld there.

“PETA calls on SeaWorld to seize this golden opportunity to finally do good for the company’s incarcerated orcas and beluga whales,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “After decades of taking advantage of their misery, SeaWorld can and must retreat to a protected marine sanctuary where they could finally swim freely.

PETA – whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a worldview of human supremacy. For more information, please visit

PETA’s letter to SeaWorld CEO Sergio D. Rivera follows.

February 25, 2020

Sergio D. Rivera, CEO

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Dear Mr. Rivera,

There is a new opportunity for SeaWorld to give the animals that languish in its tanks the life the theme park has long denied them and give them the retirement they certainly deserve. The Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP) just shared its plans to build a seaside sanctuary for rescued killer whales and beluga whales in Nova Scotia – and SeaWorld could and should fund it, given the millions that these animals unintentionally made for your business. Can you please come up with a plan to move the remaining orcas and beluga whales out of SeaWorld, starting with this sanctuary? Time is up, it’s been up, and now is the time for you to do the right thing.

The project will close a 40 hectare cove off the east coast of Nova Scotia, giving orcas and beluga whales the opportunity to swim freely – a basic and vital need they cannot meet in the cramped reservoirs. from SeaWorld – while ensuring that their nutritional and medical needs are met. To achieve this, the WSP needs $ 12-15 million, an amount that SeaWorld should surely be able to contribute.

As Charles Vinick, the director of the WSP, aptly observed: “You might think of it as retired or assisted living. These whales have raised tens of millions of dollars for their park owners, and they have entertained millions of people, and we owe something in return.

We couldn’t agree more. Please let us know that you will take this golden opportunity to finally do some good to these animals.


Tracy reiman

Executive Vice President


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