Photos: From Tank to Tombstone – PETA Sets Up Chilling ‘Graveyard’ in Manchester

Photos: From Tank to Tombstone – PETA Sets Up Chilling ‘Graveyard’ in Manchester

Manchester – Today, a sombre “graveyard” of 15 “headstones” – one for each orca and other type of dolphin who has died at marine park Loro Parque in Spain – haunted Manchester city centre. Featuring a large banner reading, “Marine ABUSEment Parks Kill. Jet2holidays: Drop Them!” PETA’s protest urged the travel giant to drop marine parks that keep cetaceans in captivity from all its holiday packages.

Photos are also available here.

Coinciding with World Orca Day (14 July), the action also reminded Mancunions to boycott Jet2holidays – most of Jet2’s flights depart from Manchester – until it does right by animals.

“Orcas and other dolphins suffer for their whole lives and die prematurely in marine abusement parks,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is calling on Jet2holidays to join the rest of the travel industry and stop profiting from marine mammals’ misery.”

PETA notes that while orcas in nature form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 150 miles of ocean every day, those at marine parks are housed in incompatible groups in cramped tanks. Held in concrete tanks for decades and forced to perform tricks for tourists, the majority die far short of their natural life expectancy.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram.


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