For immediate release:
June 17, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Grafton, Illinois. – After PETA notified USDA officials of apparent animal welfare violations at the Sea Lion Splash, a traveling exhibit in Grafton that forces sea lions to perform circus-style stunts and is used as props for photography, the agency released numerous federal animals. An inspection report just received by PETA cites this squalid outfit in the Social Security Act. Violations include lack of adequate space for animals, inadequate water testing, and the use of expired drugs.
“The Sea Lion Splash cannot even meet the minimum standards required by federal law,” says Debbie Metzler, deputy director of captive animal welfare at the PETA Foundation. “PETA urges everyone to stay away from this seedy show, in which gentle and intelligent sea lions are kept as if they were a mainstay.”
PETA notes that Sea Lion Splash has failed to properly test water quality in the past, and that the institution has a long history of failing to provide sea lions with adequate veterinary care. This includes Zoe, who was covered with skin lesions and whose healing may have been hindered by stressful factors such as inappropriate housing, severe restriction, and unknown water quality.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” is opposed to arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…