Snickers Drops SeaWorld Over Animal Welfare Concerns
Snickers — previously the official candy bar of SeaWorld — has ended its relationship with the company over animal welfare concerns.
The chocolate brand decided to stop sponsoring SeaWorld after discussions with campaign organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“Snickers made a sweet decision by cutting ties with an amusement park that keeps marine mammals in tiny concrete cells, where they go crazy, deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them,” said Tracy Reiman, PETA executive vice president.
“No decent person or reputable company should support SeaWorld’s animal exploitation, and PETA is calling for the animals’ release to seaside sanctuaries,” she added.
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Attendance at SeaWorld parks has notably been in decline since 2013, when the documentary Blackfish was released.
The documentary exposed the cruel treatment the captive animals are subjected to at SeaWorld, and how this is dangerous for both the animals and the humans who work with them.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani is currently working on legislation that could see dolphins and whales freed from the San Diego SeaWorld park.
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