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Pamela Anderson leads SeaWorld protest

Friday, October 09, 2015 - 01:24

American actress and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson leads PETA demonstration against plans to expand orca tanks at SeaWorld. Tania Willis reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** NONE ** Pamela Anderson led a PETA demonstration to stand up for the rights of killer whales at the California Coastal Commission meeting on Thursday. The former Baywatch star told reporters how she felt about the orcas being kept in captivity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) American Actress Pamela Anderson: "I think people that care would never go to SeaWorld. And so, don't go to Sea World, that's what I'm saying, don't go to any aquarium. I know kids want to see fish in the ocean but go into the wild, you can go whale watching, you can go into nature and see how they really exist and it's beautiful." The commission was gathering to decide on whether SeaWorld should expand its killer whale tanks. Jared Goodman, PETA's Director of Animal Law spoke out about the dangers of keeping the animals in captivity: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PETA's Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman: "They break their teeth biting on the sides of the tanks, they attack each other and kill trainers, something that never happens in the wild, and this is because they're driven crazy by captivity." SeaWorld San Diego Veterinarian Dr. Hendrik Nollens defended their care of the animals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SeaWorld San Diego Veterinarian Dr. Hendrik Nollens: "Many wild whales have been found stranded, dead, with worn, infected and abscessed teeth. Unlike wild killer whales, we provide comprehensive medical care, comprehensive dental care which is primarily based in prevention." According to local media The California Coastal Commission did approve SeaWorld's tank expansion- but banned the breeding of anymore orcas in captivity.

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Pamela Anderson leads SeaWorld protest

Friday, October 09, 2015 - 01:24