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COURT BLOCKS SEAWORLD'S BID TO MOVE LEGAL CASES TO ORLANDO

| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Topics: SeaWorld

Earth Island Advances Environmental Lawsuit Against SeaWorld

Lawsuit Seeks Injunction Forcing SeaWorld to Tell the Truth About Orca Whale Captivity

San Francisco, CA.  The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday denied an effort by SeaWorld Inc. to combine two lawsuits contesting SeaWorld’s false claims about orcas in captivity and also denied SeaWorld’s request to move the cases to Orlando, Florida.

“Keeping separate cases against SeaWorld is best; ours belongs in state court in San Francisco and the other in federal court in San Diego,” states David Phillips, Executive Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute.  As one of the world’s leading advocacy groups for dolphins and whales, Earth Island assists the plaintiffs in “Anderson et al v. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment” as an advisor to legal counsel.

Added Phillips: “If SeaWorld told the truth about the whales’ shortened and stressful lives in concrete tanks, and severe depression and boredom from sterile living conditions, no one would ever go there.  Would people bring their children to SeaWorld if they knew the cruelty behind the orca whale circus show?  We think not.”  IMMP led the successful effort to return Keiko, the orca star of Free Willy, to his home waters of Iceland where he thrived for 6 years.

The case “Anderson et al v. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment” was filed in San Francisco Superior Court and states that SeaWorld misleads the public by advertising false claims, such as:

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Copy of the litigation complaint.

 

Online petition to SeaWorld.

Earth Island Institute (www.earthisland.org) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Berkeley, California, supporting projects to protect the biological and human diversity of the Earth.  The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP)(www.earthisland.org/immp) works to protect whales, dolphins, and their ocean habitats.  IMMP developed the Dolphin Safe standards for tuna, saving the lives of 80,000 to 100,000 dolphins every year and was lead plaintiff in a a series of lawsuits that effectively ended the practice of setting nets on dolphins by the US tuna fleet.

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