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Noah Cyrus has leant her support to PETA's latest campaign against SeaWorld. 

The songstress appears in a new campaign image, which shows her trapped in a display tank, much like the animals held in captivity.

SeaWorld has been the target of multiple animal rights activists and organisations for many years. 

 

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According to PETA, SeaWorld should release their orca population into sanctuaries. 

'In the wild, orcas have sophisticated social relationships, working cooperatively to find food and travelling up to 140 miles in the ocean every day,' reads a statement on PETA's website.  

'But at SeaWorld, they’re often trapped in incompatible groups.'

'The tiny tanks they’re confined to leave them with nothing to do but float listlessly or swim in endless circles while enduring stress, frustration, and depression as well as the blazing-hot sun.'

 

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'They gnaw on the metal tank bars, often breaking their teeth, and are given drugs to manage stress-induced aggressive and psychotic behaviour.' 

'I love animals so much,' Noah said, in a video posted to PETA's YouTube page.

'To think that any animal would be trapped makes me so sad. It's like living in  your own bedroom your entire life and never being able to go outside,' 

Noah has previously appeared in an anti-dissection campaign for PETA, which lashed out against the experimentation of animals in classrooms. 

Feature image: PETA

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James Cromwell has been arrested again.

The Babe actor was arrested and sentenced to jail last month after he was found guilty for obstructing traffic during a protest against a gas-fired power plant being built in Wawayanda.

Last week, after a failed appeal, he spent seven days in jail.

And now it has emerged that the 77-year-old was arrested on Monday for his involvement in a protest at SeaWorld San Diego’s Orca Encounter.

James attended an Ocra show, holding a megaphone and wearing a t-shirt that read 'SeaWorld Sucks'.

In a video released by PETA, James can be seen protesting in the crowd. Several minute later, police rush in and can be seen arresting him along with a number of other protestors.

Speaking about the controversy, James said in a statement from PETA: "Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease.

"My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay."

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A drop in Florida tourism and the still keenly-felt impact of Blackfish means SeaWorld is struggling. 

Indeed, a top theme park consultant has now said that the attraction may need a decade or more to recover from the release of the hard-hitting 2013 documentary.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, said in conversation with the New York Post that SeaWorld's "imagery issues have not had enough time to go away," adding: "This is a ten-year turnaround."

The theme-park recently reported that attendance was off some 7.6 percent; there were fewer than 6million visitors in the most recent quarter – representing a 5.2 percent drop in revenue.

The drop-off also sparked a 13.2 percent decline in SeaWorld shares.

It was announced in March that SeaWorld was ending orca breeding and orca shows. 

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Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2012, SeaWorld have been faced with a massive amount of negative press.

As a result, the attempts of many to close the parks, or actually stop their breeding of the orcas which they hold in captivity have gathered huge support.

Recently, the California Coastal Commission voted that SeaWorld San Diego would be allowed to expand their orca tanks.

Project Blue World was being widely promoted by the SeaWorld organisation- despite the parks struggling to stay afloat as profits and attendance numbers dropped by 84 per cent.

While the project has been allowed, there are some serious conditions which will have to be followed.

SeaWorld San Diego will no longer be permitted to breed its 11 captive orcas.

The commission also provided strict limits on how much SeaWorld can transfer its existing 11 orcas in and out of the park.

SeaWorld will also not be allowed to sell, transfer or trade them. This would mean that these 11 captive orcas may very well be the last to live in tanks at SeaWorld San Diego.

Speaking to The Dodo, Jared Goodman of PETA said:

“The California Coastal Commission did right by orcas in requiring, as a condition of approval for the Blue World Project, that SeaWorld stop breeding them, which will ultimately end captivity for long-suffering orcas in California.”

He added that the strict laws enforced by the Commission mean that no more orcas will be “condemned to a non-life of loneliness, deprivation and misery.”

He also referred to SeaWorld as a circus and the orcas as its “abused elephants.”

John Reilly, president of SeaWorld San Diego has spoken out against the ruling by saying that “a ban on breeding would sentence these animals to a slow extinction in our care.”

SeaWorld continues to operate parks in both Orlando and San Antonio. Neither of these parks have been affected by the latest news but protestors of SeaWorld are hoping that could change very soon.

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Jackass star Steve-O is headed for jail, and he doesn’t seem to mind one bit.

In August the TV star protested SeaWorld with a very dangerous stunt and he has revealed on Instagram that he has been sentenced to 30 days in LA County Jail as a result.

He also protested the organisation back in August 2014 and in his post today revealed some pretty candid thoughts on his punishment.

He also announced today (in the same post) that he is launching a campaign for “at-rish, inner city youth”.

"Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail– not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge," he wrote.

The actor has been sober since 2008 added: “What can I say, I’m a jackass.”

Just three months ago, Steve-O climbed a crane standing over 100 feet above a street in Hollywood. He held an inflatable whale and a sign protesting the controversial animal theme park.

He posted many videos of the stunt on his Facebook page after teasing his "big dangerous stunt" on Instagram. 

He regrets nothing.

"My whole crane-climbing, fireworks debacle really turned out to be pretty meaningful in the end, too.

I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!" he continued before sharing his new campaign.”

He finished his post by sharing a message of love with the city of LA. As one does.

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Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday when Steve-O from Jackass scaled a huge crane to protest against Seaworld. 

There were serious concerns for his safety when he climbed 30metres up the massive structure in California. At the time, he was carrying an inflatable killer whale called Shammy – a reference to the park's most famous attraction, Shamu. 

He was arrested for trespassing – though fans have already begun a GoFundMe page to raise cash for his bail. 

In advance, Steve-O had posted to Facebook saying: "This is Shammy.

"We're going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of trouble, and you can watch it happen via a live stream, right here on Facebook, starting at exactly 7pm PST. See you then."

Let's do this live.

Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, 9 August 2015

 

Seaworld has come under a lot of criticism in recent years with plenty of people alleging that its whales and other mammals are not kept in the best of care. As a result, it seems that visitor numbers and profits are falling.

Steve-O later posted another photo saying: "Did I mention that I'm really high in the air? Hearing sirens now. Check the video I posted at 7pm to see what I'm doing. I'll stream live again soon for the stunts."

Incredibly, in order to maximise publicity for the stunt, he furthermore let off fireworks at the top of the crane. 

Indeed, in his final video of the evening he acknowledged: "We definitely have their attention," as he looked underneath him and saw loads of police cars pulling up on the road below. 

And at the end of his final video he said: "Alright! Can I zoom in this f***ing Facebook… That is a lot, A LOT, of f***ing fire trucks. I mean come on!"

Some time later he posted on Facebook saying "Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?"

Last year, the actor and stuntman was slapped with a €220 fine after changing a motorway sign in San Diego to read: "SeaWorld Sucks".

 

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Back in 2012, SeaWorld was a thriving theme park company with annual revenue totalling hundreds of millions. Now, three years on, it is struggling to stay afloat as attendance plummets and profits drop by 84% in a three-month period.

The main reason? A controversial 2013 documentary called Blackfish, which outed SeaWorld for cruel treatment of its orca whales. Blackfish alleged that the sustained bad practices contributed to the death of three people. 

Accusations of bad treatment include claims that a number of calf whales were separated from their mother and sent to other parks while still dependent, that the whales were deprived of food to ensure they performed tricks on cue, and that they were drugged to keep them stable when angry or anxious in captivity.

In one particular incident, an experienced female trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, Dawn Brancheau, was killed by killer whale Tilikum after a show in the park's famous Shamu Stadium. On another occasion trainer Ken Peters was almost killed by dominant female orca Kasatka when she repeatedly dragged him down to the bottom of the pool during a show by holding his foot in her mouth. 

Luckily he survived, and his testimony featured in the 2013 documentary.

The company has three parks in the US – one in Orlando, Florida, one in San Diego, California and one in San Antonio, Texas. 

As well as the drop in attendance, SeaWorld's operational costs have soared in recent years following a huge PR and damage control campaign. Sea World CEO Joel Manby blamed the drop in profits on bad weather conditions and what he called "continued brand challenges."

Speaking about the company's "reputational" campaign, he said, "We recognise that fully resolving our brand challenges in California will require sustained focus and commitment to correct misinformation."

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Olympian Tom Daley has just revealed his new partnership with SeaWorld – heralding the deal by stripping off and painting his body… as a shark. 

But the stunt has proved divisive – with the 21-year-old receiving a backlash on social media for the initiative.

Due to the organisation's controversial use of captive marine mammals in shows and stunts, many feel the parks are cruel.

 

#SharkWeek #fin-atic #GuessWho?

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One particular fan showed their disgust in response, telling Tom: "Really disappointed that you're promoting SeaWorld. Watch Blackfish. #emptythetanks"

Another said: "Any celeb still associating themselves SeaWorld goes down in my estimation." And a third asked: "Why the f-ing F is Tom Daley promoting Seaworld? Who is advising him on this s***?"

Killer whales, dolphins and sharks are all kept in tanks and pools by the parks.

PETA has also spoken out against the Olympic medallist's campaign saying: "SeaWorld confines social and self-aware animals to tiny pools with chemically treated water where they are forced to perform silly tricks.

“If the company were a true conservation organisation, it would have already released these animals to appropriate sanctuaries.

"We commend Tom's desire to save sharks and will be in touch with him to urge him to support conservation efforts that actually help protect fish instead of corporations that exploit animals for profit.”

Shark Week is a hugely popular drive in America and runs from the August 2 to 8. The purpose of the week is to change peoples conceptions of sharks and show the world that they play a vital role in the health of the ecosystem. 

 

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After kicking off the American leg of their tour, One Direction were performing in San Diego when poor Harry Styles took a tumble on stage. 

This fall was after Harry asked his fans if they like dolphins, then continued by saying "don't go to SeaWorld".

Following this statement, Harry has received an open letter from the SeaWorld directors after a video of him saying this was shared all over the Internet thousands of times. 

PETA praised Harry by writing a lengthily blog post congratulating him on his activism and they said they would be sending him some gifts for spreading the message.

However SeaWorld workers were not happy and they have retaliated with their own response and even extended an invite to Harry to come visit the attraction. 

In an effort to restore their public image, SeaWorld a giving the singer the chance to speak to the trainers and vets about his concerns. 

"We care for the animals in our parks like we would our own family." They wrote.

"We are committed to making sure their lives are enriching and they are continually engaged socially, mentally and physically. And, we also care for dolphins in the wild."

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