Trainers from SeaWorld will no longer ride dolphins or stand in the theme parks after being fired to stop the practice of PETA and other animal rights activists.
Years after the documentary Blackfish started a movement to end SeaWorld’s orcas, animal rights activists have long called for an end to circus-style dolphin shows in the parks.
The 2013 film revealed the abuse of the company by its orcas and the company’s reputation has since suffered.
SeaWorld will no longer show shows where trainers ‘surf’ on dolphins and there are plans to end a show in which trainers stand on the faces of the tumbler or rostrum
Last year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published a report documenting physical and behavioral damage, stating that dolphins suffer from their use in live shows and imprisonment in captivity.
The biggest concern was the practice of trainers riding dolphins through the water while standing on their backs and beaks, Dr. Said said. Heather Rally, a vet from the PETA Foundation.
Such stunts burden the sensitive lower jaws of marine mammals in a way that can damage their hearing, injure joints and muscles and aggravate other injuries caused by confinement in storage tanks where dolphins are kept.
“We ask SeaWorld to stop standing on the faces of dolphins and use them as surfboards in these ridiculous circus-style shows,” Rally said.
Of the 140 dolphins in the care of the company, fewer than 10 are currently taking part in a show in which trainers stand on the beaks or rostrums of the animals. Pictured, part of the Blue Horizons Show with a trainer who rides dolphins in Seaworld San Diego.
It appears that their calls are finally being listened to and unveiled in a letter last Friday by a SeaWorld Entertainment corporate lawyer to the Securities and Exchange Commission Fox news.
“Beating! SeaWorld has stopped treating dolphins such as surfboards, “PETA wrote on its website after” SeaWorld admitted it put an end to cruel practices.
The stunt that received the most objections saw artists riding two dolphins at the same time by standing with one foot on top of one of the animals’ beaks or ‘rostrums’.
PETA said the stunt was the same as standing on the ‘faces’ of the dolphins.
“To address the most pressing issue facing SeaWorld today – the ongoing public opposition to captive animals – shareholders are urging the board to stop allowing trainers to face dolphins’ faces let them stand and ride on their backs in an operational and potentially harmful circus-style shows, “reads the shareholder proposal made by PETA.
However, SeaWorld’s own lawyers have said that the practice of standing on the faces of mammals is “unclear and misleading.”
PETA, which owns shares of SeaWorld, introduced a shareholder resolution for 2020 “to prohibit trainers from” standing on their backs or riding on their backs “. The animal rights organization regularly protests outside of SeaWorld
“The images in the supporting statement of the Proponent show trained behavior with tumblers,” the letter says. “Second, where the Proponent refers to the face of a tumbler, SeaWorld assumes that it refers to what animal care professionals call a” rostrum. “
SeaWorld states that the rocker rostrum “has a different function than a face” and “there is no literature suggesting that standing in the stands is harmful to the animal in any way.”
“It is unacceptable that smart, sensitive dolphins are used as surfboards and launch platforms in these cruel and degrading stunts,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in a December 10 letter New York Post.
“The least SeaWorld trainers can do for the miserable animals in their custody is not standing on them or driving, and PETA is taking steps to immediately end this practice.”
According to SeaWorld, of the 140 dolphins that are cared for by the company, fewer than 10 are currently taking part in a presentation in which trainers are standing in the animal stands.
There are only two shows with tumblers, one at SeaWorld Orlando and one at SeaWorld San Diego, according to the letter, but only the show in San Diego contains elements where trainers are in the stands of the dolphins.
SeaWorld’s reputation has disappeared and efforts have been made to maintain relationships with other companies with companies such as Virgin Holidays that have stopped offering SeaWorld tickets.
‘SeaWorld is constantly developing its animal presentations to create the best experience for both guests and our animals. As an accredited zoological facility, our leadership only determines the content and format of our presentations and is in no way affected by the actions of ill-informed activists, who seem to be more interested in their profile and fundraising than animal welfare. , “the company said in a statement.