Bushey Heath Primary School Children Nab PETA Award

For Immediate Release:

21 November 2016


Jennifer White 44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Honours Students for Their Petition Calling for a Ban on Keeping Orcas in Captivity

Bushey – Courtesy of PETA, students in Year 6 at the Bushey Heath Primary School will receive a Compassionate Action Award for setting up an online petition to raise awareness of the suffering of captive orcas at SeaWorld. In less than a week, the petition has received over 1,000 signatures.

“Kids naturally love animals and are eager to call for orcas’ freedom once they learn that these sensitive beings suffer in captivity”, says PETA UK Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “We’re grateful that these kind students are spreading the message that orcas belong in their ocean homes – not in small chlorinated tanks.”

As the children’s petition vividly describes, SeaWorld confines orcas – who swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild – to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – continues to urge all marine parks to retire the long-suffering orcas they hold captive to seaside sanctuaries.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.