A new veterinary report on the condition of animals at SeaWorld San Diego was the topic of discussion at a press conference held today at the W San Diego Hotel in San Diego, Calif. PETA veterinarian — Dr. Heather Rally, and Ric O’Barry — the Director of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, presented the findings of Rally’s report directly to the media.
PETA is filing a complaint calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to send inspectors to SeaWorld San Diego over apparent violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). PETA suggests that Dr. Rally personally observed “unprotected and unsupervised contact between visitors and aggressive animals, and listless animals engaging in abnormal, repetitive behavior.”
“Over the last several years, science has confirmed that captivity is indeed detrimental to animals’ physical and psychological well-being,” O’Barry said. “For more than four decades, I have witnessed the cruelty inherent in captivity at facilities across the world.”
The press conference took place at 12 PM (PST); W San Diego Hotel, 421 W. B St., Studio 2, 3rd Flr., San Diego. Calif.