A lawsuit has been filed against SeaWorld which alleges that the company has deceived the customers about the treatment of its whales. The plaintiff is Holly Hall, a California woman, and the lawyers say that she would not have taken her family to a SeaWorld park in 2011 if she had known about the harmful treatment of whales there, which includes forced breeding, administering powerful drugs and keeping them in cramped quarters that are detrimental to their health.
The lawsuit also says that all the visitors who visited the parks in the last four years should be refunded as SeaWorld misleads the public about its care for orca whales. The lawsuit has been filed two years after the popular documentary Blackfish, which showcased a story of one whale, exposing the abuses in the sea-park industry.
Former SeaWorld orca trainer John Hargrove published his own exposé, titled Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish, on Tuesday. However, the suit has been marked as “a publicity stunt intended to generate more news coverage of John Hargrove’s anti-SeaWorld book,” by SeaWorld. The company emphasized that there is “no higher priority for SeaWorld than the health and well-being of its animals.”