Animal advocates are urging people to learn about the dark side of animals in captivity -- and to teach about it, too. PETA is using TeachKind, its human education division, to ask school teachers in Texas to not bring their classes to SeaWorld San Antonio -- despite the amusement park's offer for free tickets.
SeaWorld's "Teacher Study Pass" offers certified kindergarten through 12th grade teachers "complimentary admission to the park and access to our education team to help you incorporate our knowledge, passion and experience with marine animals into your classroom."
TeachKind sent a letter to school principals in the area, pointing out issues associated with keeping orcas in captivity, announcing that they will send a copy of the documentary "Blackfish" to schools for free and asking them not to plan field trips to the park.
"Kindness and empathy are two of the most important lessons that children can learn, so the last place that teachers should take their students is SeaWorld," says Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg.