"This veterinary report confirms that SeaWorld is causing animals to suffer both physically and psychologically in hopelessly inadequate tanks," said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. "PETA is asking families to stay far away from SeaWorld, where deprived orcas can do nothing but swim in endless circles, stressed dolphins take their aggression out on one another, and a walrus in solitary confinement is reduced to regurgitating his food out of boredom."
Rally and Ric O'Barry, founder and director of The Dolphin Project, will appear in San Diego to speak about the complaint on Tuesday afternoon.
This isn't the first complaint filed with the USDA against SeaWorld this year. In March, after a PETA complaint, the USDA conducted an investigation and cited the marine park for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Then, in July, after a report published by The Dodo revealed trainers using zinc oxide to cover up sunburns and skin damage on the orca whales at the park, PETA filed another complaint.