Target: Wang Yonghong, President and Director of Zhonghong Zhuoye Group
Goal: Stop Zhonghong Zhuoye Group’s plans to expand SeaWorld into China.
SeaWorld’s newest shareholder, Zhonghong Zhuoye Group, a real estate and investment group based in China, has bought the rights to make new SeaWorlds in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. The addition of these parks would imprison even more animals and force them to do ridiculous tricks in front of loud crowds.
The animals trapped in SeaWorld are denied everything natural to them and face a variety of mental and physical hardships. Captivity often leads to shorter life spans, increased stress and injuries. Many of the animals have terrible dental problems due to them biting at the metal bars and concrete walls of their enclosures. In addition, China has virtually no animal welfare laws, which makes matters even worse for these animals. An animal trainer who has a reputation of allegedly abusing his animals has even raised concerns saying that “Chinese [marine parks] treat the mammals like commodities that they can throw away… They figure they can buy more if they can’t keep them alive.”
Sign this petition and tell the Zhonghong Zhuoye Group that concrete tanks are no place for wild animals. These animals should not be denied the life nature intended for mere entertainment.
Dear Mr. Yonghong,
Recently, your company bought a 21 percent stake in SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. and the rights to open more SeaWorlds in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. The animals imprisoned at SeaWorld do not belong in concrete cages. They belong in the open ocean as nature intended.
The animals trapped at SeaWorld face a variety of mental and physical hardships. Captivity often leads to shorter life spans, increased stress levels and other problems. Many of the animals at SeaWorld have severe dental damage due to their persistent biting and gnawing at the metal bars and concrete walls of their prison. In the wild, these animals will swim miles upon miles in a single day, but at SeaWord, the animals can only swim around in never-ending circles.
Please consider not opening new SeaWorlds in China. No animal should suffer for human entertainment. It is time to stop profiting off the exploitation of animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Michael Lowin