Do Not Expand SeaWorld to China

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Lowin

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10 Comments

  1. No! Sea world ought to be stopped. Everywhere. These great sea creatures should be in the sea, not in a glorified gold fish bowl! As for expanding to china- Never! Their animal welfare laws are non existent, humanity and kindness unheard of. They are just money-mad, insensive people.

  2. WHAT IDIOT WOULD SEND ANY ANIMAL TO CHINE, THESE WONDERFUL CREATURES SHOULD BE PUT BACK WHERE THEY BELONG, IN THE SEA, NOT DOING TRICKS FOR IDIOTS TO WATCH.

  3. THIS WOULD BE A VERY STUPID THING TO DO. NO MORE SEA WORLD ANYWHERE – YOUR OUGHT TO OF LEARN YOUR LESSON.BUT I GUESS YOU DIDN’T! WE WILL GO AFTER YOU ANYWHERE YOU THINK ABOUT GOING!

  4. Heather Brophy says:

    Once again, HELL NO! STOP THE TORTURE AND GREED!

  5. I will boycott products made from china and tell everyone I know to do so too. This is not right for China to pickup where Seaworld in the US is stopping.

  6. pierre chantelauze says:

    China is a “curse country” for animals . Any animal .
    Including dogs , cats … A total lack of compassion

  7. Tracy Joseph says:

    Mr. Yonghong

    I respectfully request you look into the long list of objections put forward against Sea World and the reasons therefore.
    Your company is obviously very successful and diversification is always a good opportunity to expand. However, the use of animals for entertainment has become abhorrent and unpalatable as people and science begin to understand the consciousness, emotions and psychology of animals.
    Unfortunately Sea World’s confinement, traininging and breeding programmes are now seen as pure animal abuse as can be seen when a killer whale slams its head continuously onto the Edgar of its cage in an attempt to kill itself; or a dolphin who is medicated for depression. These behaviours are abnormal and are simply due to the fact that the animal is not where it should be.
    Another reason for concern is the acquisition of animals. Wild caught animals stollen from their mothers does not make the public happy. The argument that some animals are bred into captivity holds no water, as you cannot domesticate an animal in one genetation- the poor animal had the instinct of its parents and that is to be free in the ocean.
    Animals are not simple investments like real estate and people don’t protest when you buy that wonderful new hotel somewhere. Animals are alive, they have physical needs to remain healthy, they have mental needs to remain healthy; you cannot simply slap a layer of paint on them to make them look good.
    Sea World is a very bad and dying investment. They are trying to take advantage of an Asian company believing that animal abuses in China don’t matter so they can make profit. I’m hoping that you will be the person to prove them incorrect. Cruelty doesn’t pay no matter where you are in the world.

  8. Zhonghong Zhuoye Group, ok, FUCKING CHINESE AGAIN… Now I know why Seaworld is such a fucking unethic animal abusers place…

    YOU BUNCH OF PIECE OF SHIT, SEAWORLD EXPECT US. WE WILL BE THERE TO STOP YOU BUNCH OF SUBHUMAN POS.

  9. Enough is enough. More Asian abuse.

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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