For Immediate Release:
6 December 2019
Reality TV Star Appears in New PETA Campaign: ‘Imagine Not Being Able to Break Free’ of Marine Parks
Sydney – Wearing a black-and-white swimsuit, Charlotte Crosby is “trapped” inside a Houdini-style tank of water for a new PETA ad that warns, “Dolphins and other cetaceans suffer for decades in cramped tanks. Never buy tickets to dolphin shows.”
The television star points to the cruelty of confining naturally far-ranging marine mammals to concrete tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. “I would feel so claustrophobic being in such a small space,” she says. “[O]bviously, it’s massively cruel, and I just want everyone to know that. … Animals will keep on living and dying in misery as long as people support places like Sea World.”
In nature, dolphins can swim up to 100 kilometres per day, dive to depths well over 300 metres below the ocean’s surface, and maintain dynamic relationships within large social networks. They navigate by echolocation, but in captivity, the reverberations from their own sonars bounce off the walls of their tanks, which can drive them insane.
Crosby is part of a long list of celebrities – including Pamela Anderson, Krysten Ritter, Sharon Osbourne, Noah Cyrus, the late Sir Roger Moore, and many others – who have teamed up with PETA or its international affiliates to speak out against marine-mammal captivity.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.