"SeaWorld is luring people to buy tickets based on a pack of false and misleading statements, instead of revealing the cruel and unhealthy conditions that captive orcas have to endure," David Phillips, executive director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute, said in a release.
The plaintiffs, Marc Anderson and Ellexa Conway, join the growing ranks of citizens stepping up to call the behemoth entertainment corporation out on its claims. In March, a California grandmother filed a lawsuit claiming that had she not been misled by the park's marketing about the treatment of animals, she wouldn't have brought her grandchildren there. And earlier this month, a South Carolina woman filed a lawsuit that says that the marketing illusion SeaWorld creates "masks the ugly truth about the unhealthy and despairing lives of these whales."
In the meantime, SeaWorld is charging ahead with its revamped marketing and commercial campaign, which includes a lot of clueless tweeting. Clearly, allowing people to #AskSeaWorld anything isn't the best idea right now.