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August 5, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
San Diego – At this time, simply sooner or later after orca Nakai died at SeaWorld after being held there for 21 years, PETA obtained eyewitness footage from a SeaWorld customer revealing a violent assault amongst orcas this morning, leading to a severe wound to at the least one of many animals. In response, PETA has filed a grievance with the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), calling on the company to analyze the abusement park for obvious federal Animal Welfare Act violations over housing incompatible animals collectively, a observe the corporate has been warned towards prior to now.
PETA factors out that Nakai was concerned in an analogous incident when he was saved in a tiny concrete tank with incompatible orcas in 2012 and sustained puncture marks and misplaced a bit of his jaw in an assault by two of them.
The SeaWorld customer instructed PETA, “All of us instantly noticed blood soaking the water which triggered my [nine] yr outdated daughter to start out crying. We might see chew marks [and] recent wounds all around the facet of the whale. Each couple seconds two extra orcas would soar out of the water to persevering with [sic] attacking the damage orca.” Within the video—which seems to indicate the injured orca beaching themself to get away from the aggressors—a toddler might be heard asking, “How is [the orca] nonetheless alive?” and “I assumed they hug one another, not combat one another.”
“In two days, one orca has died and one other has been attacked by different annoyed, intently confined orcas, leading to a severe damage—and younger kids had been witnesses to the carnage,” says PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is asking on the USDA to analyze SeaWorld for holding animals in circumstances so anxious they’d result in horrific assaults and reminds households to avoid any park that imprisons orcas or different animals.”
PETA’s motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure” and opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.