Gemma Collins Self-Isolates in Bathtub in New PETA Campaign

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19 March 2020


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Reality TV Star’s New Campaign Urges People to Steer Clear of Cruel Marine-Animal Prisons

London – Diva extraordinaire Gemma Collins is showing her serious side in a new PETA campaign that takes marine abusement parks to task. “The GC” highlights that sensitive marine animals are separated from their families and confined to concrete tanks that are, to them, the size of a bathtub. This isolation – and longing for freedom – leads to extreme stress, loneliness, and depression.

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In an accompanying video spot, the reality TV star explains why denying animals everything that’s natural and important to them causes them to lash out. “When people say, ‘Oh, my God, why has this whale killed one of our trainers?’ It’s because It’s an animal that was taken from its mother in the wild, all to live their life in a bathtub,” she says. “This isn’t acceptable. People are making money off of parading these animals.”

In nature, orcas can swim up to 140 miles and bottlenose dolphins up to 60 miles per day. They can dive to depths of well over 300 metres below the ocean’s surface and maintain dynamic relationships within large social networks. At SeaWorld’s parks, 140 dolphins are squeezed into just seven cramped tanks and can’t escape attacks from other frustrated, aggressive dolphins. A recent Collins asks people to help her call for the release of all animals in marine parks. “Let’s campaign to get all the marine life into a sanctuary, where they can have some actual enjoyment in their lifetime,” she concludes.

Collins previously starred in an “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad for PETA and is part of a long list of celebrities – including Amanda Holden, Sharon Osbourne, Noah Cyrus, Charlotte Crosby, Paul O’Grady, the late Sir Roger Moore, and many others – who have teamed up with PETA and its international affiliates to speak out against marine-mammal captivity.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”, and the group opposes speciesism, the human-supremacist mentality that all other animal species are inferior to our own.

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