SeaWorld orcas now have a superhero on their side. Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter has joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in its new campaign urging SeaWorld to free captive whales from tiny tanks and into sea sanctuaries.
In this exclusive first look at the ad for the campaign, Ritter appears in a black and white swimsuit, banging against the glass of a dark tank. The words “Break Free. Help Free the Orcas From SeaWorld” accompany the ad, which was shot by underwater photographer Michael Muller.
Ritter and PETA are fighting to free SeaWorld’s orcas from a life of swimming in circles, breaking teeth on bars and suffering from severe psychological trauma.
“Orcas are meant to swim for 100 miles a day. They would have to swim back and forth 3,100 times in their tank to make up for that exercise,” Ritter says in her interview with PETA.
“They are paired with other orcas who maybe don’t even speak their same language,” she adds on how SeaWorld ignores the whales’ complex communication systems and natural family groups when putting them into captivity. “It would be like you and I trapped in a bathtub and you spoke French and I spoke English. There [would be] no way for us to communicate.”
Ritter is the most recent celebrity, along with Lily Tomlin, Joan Jett, Bob Barker and more, to join PETA’s fight against animals being used for entertainment.