Ingrid Newkirk gave a talk on our campus about speaking out on small issues to help animals and to "never be silent." And after talking with friends, they encouraged me to start a campaign letter to express my concerns about SeaWorld to Taco Bell. So I'm using my own voice to speak out for change on behalf of the dolphins and orcas in by calling out Taco Bell for wading into the mess of animal suffering known as SeaWorld.
With over 10,000 signatures on my Change.org petition called Why is Taco Bell Supporting SeaWorld Animal Abuse? it is evident that people care and are shifting their fast-food choices. Until Taco Bell severs ties with SeaWorld, I'm taking my fast-food business elsewhere and know many college students will be doing the same. I'll be ordering the vegan sofrita at Chipotle and making my own Daiya vegan burritos at home.
The truth is, it doesn't matter if you are vegan or vegetarian when it comes to the orcas being abused at SeaWorld. Most people agree what's happening to orcas like Tilikum is cruelty to animals. Also, it doesn't matter what you think of PETA and how they inspired me to not be silent when it comes to animals rights. The fact is animals are suffering for SeaWorld right now, and as consumers we can do something to help them no matter where we live in the world.