Lincoln O'Barry of The Dolphin Project told The Dodo that SeaWorld isn't the only place where dolphins are performing in captivity.
"We've reached a turning point," said O'Barry. Dolphin activists no longer represent the fringes of public opinion. "Ringling Bros. [Circus] saw the writing on the wall. SeaWorld doubled down on their position."
He noted that SeaWorld has been amping up its advertising campaign and reminding people of its rescue efforts. However, O'Barry said any animals that SeaWorld rescues have "nothing to do with the animals performing in captivity." Those are the animals in "dire need of rescue," said O'Barry.
This wasn't the first time that Styles and Williams have shown support for our warm-blooded friends of the ocean. Styles has tweeted about "The Cove" documentary, which features the work of The Dolphin Project. Additionally, Styles has sported a shirt from the advocacy group.