Target: Ralphs CFO and Senior Vice President, Alan J. Reed
Goal: Encourage grocery chain to sever ties with SeaWorld
SeaWorld continues to make more desperate attempts to lure visitors into their theme parks, which have been under fire for fostering an environment of cruelty and neglect towards animals. The California grocery chain Ralphs is the latest retailer to offer discount admission passes to the inhumane marine park. We must ask Ralphs to take a stand against animal abuse by ending its relationship with SeaWorld.
The documentary “Blackfish” exposed SeaWorld’s history of putting financial gains ahead of the welfare of its animals and staff. The film follows the history of Tilikum, a whale whose life of neglect and abuse led to the deaths of three individuals. During his time at SeaWorld, Tilikum was subjected to painful tooth rakings from the other whales. SeaWorld’s solution to this problem was to put him in solitary confinement where he had no social interaction and zero space in which to swim. Sadly, Tilikum is still being held captive today at SeaWorld in Orlando.
According to PETA, “Many of the orcas at SeaWorld were violently captured from their family pods in the ocean. All are far-ranging animals, traveling in nature as many as 100 miles per day. At SeaWorld, where they live in cramped concrete tanks, they are deprived of the opportunity to engage in almost any type of natural behavior.” By encouraging customers to visit SeaWorld, Ralphs is in effect condoning animal abuse. Investors, publications and celebrities have all condemned SeaWorld for its shameful behaviors. Hopefully, Ralphs will act in the best interest of animals and sever all ties with SeaWorld.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Ralphs’ CFO and Senior Vice President, Alan J. Reed, to take a stand against animal abuse and cease offering discount passes to SeaWorld.
Dear Alan J. Reed,
I was disappointed to learn that Ralphs is turning a blind eye to the cruelty and neglect that animals suffer at SeaWorld by offing discount passes to the marine park. SeaWorld has a well-documented history of inhumane treatment towards animals.
Perhaps you have not seen the documentary “Blackfish” which details the history of Tilikum, a whale whose life of neglect and abuse led to the deaths of three individuals. SeaWorld’s deplorable practices towards animals begins with their capture. According to PETA, “Many of the orcas at SeaWorld were violently captured from their family pods in the ocean.”
I am asking you to take a stand against animal abuse by severing all ties with SeaWorld and its reprehensible practices.
[Your Name Here]
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