Harry Styles praised by animal rights activists after telling fans ‘don’t go to Sea World’

Harry Styles has been praised by animal rights groups after telling fans to boycott Sea World


by Fiona Day |
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He’s already one of the world’s biggest heartthrobs, but Harry Styles won over animal lovers at the weekend whilst performing with One Direction in San Diego.

The California town is also home to Sea World, a park that has been heavily criticised by animal rights campaigners for its treatment of animals, in particular killer whales.

During the San Diego leg of the band’s tour, 1D star Harry asked fans: “Do you like dolphins?”

As the crowd screamed hysterically in response, Harry advised them: “Don’t go to Sea World”.

Animal rights group PETA praised the 21-year-old and is reportedly sending him t-shirts from their anti- SeaWorld campaign.

Celebrities such as Jackass star Steve-O, Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, Russell Brand and actress Olivia Wilde have also previously spoken out against the massive park conglomerate.

The backlash comes following reports that Sea World separates whales- who are social creatures- from their young and their families. The park has also been blasted for keeping killer whales and dolphins in poor conditions, causing mental distress.

Activists say killer whales shouldn't be in captivity
Activists say killer whales shouldn't be in captivity

After hearing about Harry’s comments, Sea World posted an open letter in response to the pop star.

It read: “We care for the animals in our parks like we would our own family. We are committed to making sure their lives are enriching and they are continually engaged socially, mentally and physically. And, we also care for dolphins in the wild.”

The letter, published on their website, continued: “We invite you to see for yourself, and then decide based on facts. We are happy to open our doors, take you behind the scenes, and have our trainers and vets answer any questions you have.”

Read more about Sea World HERE.

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