Urge Officials to Keep Animals Out of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi!
enslaves animals in tiny concrete tanks at marine abusement parks across
the country, and now, it's expanding its failing business around the world. Please urge
officials in Abu Dhabi—the capital of the United Arab Emirates—to ensure that SeaWorld
is not allowed to set up shop unless it doesn't hold dolphins, seals, polar
bears, penguins, or any other animals captive at its new park.
Since the release of Blackfish—the
documentary that exposes SeaWorld's violent capture and cruel confinement of
orcas—the park's attendance has tanked,
top executives have been ousted, celebrities such as Harry Styles have
urged fans to stay away, and hundreds
of employees have been laid off, including 320 just last week. In 2014, the
park lost 1 million visitors, and in 2015, SeaWorld San Diego was the worst-performing
major theme park in the world. Meanwhile, support for Disney, Six Flags, and
Cedar Fair—which do not rely on abusive animal entertainment—has swelled. Succumbing
to public pressure, SeaWorld recently agreed to end its sordid orca-breeding
program—which has since been made illegal in California—but this does nothing
for the 168 other dolphins
who are currently swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth in
frustration as they gnaw on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny
tanks. And it does nothing for the 38 orcas, dozens of beluga whales, more than
100 dolphins, and
innumerable smaller animals—such as sharks, pinnipeds, and penguins—who have already died, many of them prematurely.
Please send a polite letter to His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the chair of Miral Asset Management and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, urging him not to allow SeaWorld to use Abu Dhabi as a life raft for its failing business model and to prohibit the company from setting up shop unless it commits to not holding animals in captivity.