SeaWorld Entertainment is urging supporters to encourage a “yes” vote by the California Coastal Commission on its San Diego killer-whale tank expansion.

The commission is scheduled to vote next month.

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SeaWorld last week emailed customers asking them to send the commission letters of support. Suggested wording said the expansion will provide “more dynamic opportunities that will support their [whales’] broad range of behaviors” and will enhance visitors’ experiences.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has conducted a similar campaign urging the commission to vote against the proposal.

You can check out the official webpage for SeaWorld’s Blue World Project Here.

SeaWorld San Diego will be first park to debut the new killer whale environments, named the Blue World project, with a planned total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly twice as much as the existing facility. The new environment will also provide the world’s largest underwater viewing experience for guests.

“Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above,”

Jim Atchison, chief executive officer and president of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman called the announcement “a desperate drop-in-the-bucket move to try to turn back the hands of time.”

“This new habitat enriches the experiences for our visitors to our region expanding on their appreciation for killer whales and all marine life and our environment as a whole ,” Gloria said. “I think we can all agree that’s an important message and one that’s worth investing in.

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