Tomorrow, 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater will face SeaWorld during its on-line annual meeting by submitting a question on behalf of PETA — which owns stock in the business — to be able to train other stakeholders, suggest policy changes, and demand the launch of its orcas, that have been enslaved by the firm for more than 40 years.
The complete text ofSlater’s question for SeaWorld on behalf of PETA — whose slogan reads, in part, that “animals aren’t ours to use for entertainment” — follows:
“My name is Kelly Slater, and I’m here on behalf of PETA. The veil was lifted on SeaWorld. All the advertising on the planet wo’t alter what the publicnow understands to be true: that exceptionally intelligent, emotionally complex, social animals are imprisoned by the business in tiny, barren concrete tanks, which results in disorder and aggression.”
“SeaWorld is experiencing falling attendance and sales, and tons of businesses, including Southwest Airlines, Panama Jack, and Mattel, have lately stopped ventures with SeaWorld.”
“As a professional surfer, I’m fortunate and privileged in order to spend nearly all my time in the ocean — it’s the area where I feel most at home, and therefore, I feel an obligation to protect that which I ‘ve a voice in affecting.”
“Please, tell us, when will SeaWorld let the creatures it holds captive to return to their own house — the ocean — by retiring them into a beachfront safety? And would’t if nothing else, as a public relations win for you this be seen !
By righting the wrongs you’ve committed in the name of corporate gain for a lot of years, you could possibly be able work toward an ending to the issue of animal suffering and to recoup some of the admiration that is lost in the eyes of people. Thank you.”