Courtney Stodden has teamed up with PETA for its new campaign against SeaWorld, giving a voice to a captive orca whale who she can relate to on a very deep level.
The reality star, 22, suffered a miscarriage back in July, and it left her “at an emotional loss for words,” her rep told Us. She and her husband, Doug Hutchison, had been expecting their first child together.
“The feeling of losing a child is one that no mother should ever have to experience,” Stodden, who used a “reborn” baby doll to help her cope with her loss, begins in the video. "That's why it breaks my heart to think of Corky — an orca who has lost all seven of her babies, the last of whom was found floating lifeless at the bottom of a tank at SeaWorld."
The emotional clip was filmed shortly after Stodden’s miscarriage, and the pain in her voice is evident.
“Corky has endured the loss of family eight times, starting when she was forcibly taken from the ocean from her mother and sold into captivity when she was very young,” she continues. “For 47 years, she has only known trauma, loss and sadness in captivity within the cramped, chemically treated confines of a concrete tank.”
In the video, Stodden pleads with SeaWorld, asking the company to retire Corky and release her into a seaside sanctuary where the orca could swim freely and see her remaining relatives.
"SeaWorld, take it from someone who has experienced great personal loss. Corky has suffered enough," the reality personality says. “Please, do the right thing and let her go home. The time is now."
Watch the entire campaign video above.
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