Natalia Villaveces Speaks Up for Animals Imprisoned in Marine Parks

Producer and television personality Natalia Villaveces has a message for families: Please don’t go to marine animal parks like SeaWorld or the Miami Seaquarium—or any other attraction in which animals are held captive and forced to perform.

In her brand-new exposé for PETA Latino, Natalia—a dedicated vegan and TV host—challenges viewers, “Would you like to spend the rest of your life in a concrete box the size of a bathtub?” “These intelligent, highly social animals, who were born to swim great distances in the vast ocean, are instead violently torn away from their families and their homes and relegated to a lonely existence in ridiculously small tanks.”

Marine parks such as SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium artificially breed or capture animals from their natural homes and force them to perform ridiculous tricks for a quick buck. In the wild, orcas and members of other dolphin species live in large, intricate social groups and swim up to 100 miles a day in the open sea. In captivity, these animals are deprived of everything important to them and often die prematurely.

And no one in the world will ever forget the tragic but preventable death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by a frustrated orca named Tilikum in front of horrified patrons.

The only thing that people learn from visiting a marine animal park is how miserable life is for the animals confined there. Children see mere shadows of animals, defeated beings who do not engage in natural behavior and cannot live as nature intended. Marine parks teach all the wrong lessons: that it is acceptable to imprison animals, to deprive them of freedom of movement, to prevent them from exploring and establishing their own territory, to breed them and separate them as we wish, and to watch them go insane from boredom and loneliness.

But you can help change this! Join Natalia and urge everyone you know to stay away from marine parks like SeaWorld.