Dani Harmer Slates SeaWorld in New PETA Ad

Posted by on April 26, 2021 | Permalink

BAFTA award–winning actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Dani Harmer is making a splash in a brand-new PETA campaign in which she puts herself in an orca’s place – that is, inside a cramped tank of water – to protest SeaWorld.

Trevor Leighton

“When I was about 10 years old, I actually went to SeaWorld thinking that it was gonna be this magical place … but actually, when you go there, it’s a completely different story. I was absolutely gobsmacked at the size of the tanks that they’re kept in. And you could just kind of see the sadness in the whales’ eyes, and it was just absolutely heart-breaking.”
– Dani Harmer

Harmer joins a long list of celebrities – including Gemma Collins, Amanda Holden, Sharon Osbourne, Noah Cyrus, Charlotte Crosby, Paul O’Grady, and the late Sir Roger Moore – who have teamed up with PETA and our international affiliates to speak out against marine-mammal captivity.

Captivity Is Cruel

In nature, orcas form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 140 miles of ocean every day. Those at SeaWorld are housed in incompatible groups inside cramped tanks, are sometimes kept in solitary confinement for months, and have even been given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced aggressive behaviour.

Forty-one orcas and hundreds of other animals have died on SeaWorld’s watch – far short of their natural life expectancies.

“I hope that I’m raising my daughter to love and respect animals and to treat them just how human beings should be treated, and my 4-year-old completely understands, so I do not understand why adults do not. There is so much that we can do to help these animals. The first one’s pretty obvious: we could just stop going to these places!”

– Dani Harmer

What You Can Do

Major travel companies – including Virgin Holidays, British Airways, Tripadvisor, Airbnb, and Booking.com – have cut ties with SeaWorld. But despite being fully aware of the notorious park’s cruel treatment of animals, travel company TUI continues to sell tickets to SeaWorld.

Send a message and let TUI know you want it to stop supporting orca abuse: