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This Is Why Kate Del Castillo And Other Latino Celebs Are Boycotting SeaWorld

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Hey guys, guess what?! SeaWorld has been losing money like nobody and is targeting Latinos specifically to increase ticket sales. Because they think they can win us over. 😂

Meanwhile, some of our favorite, famous Latinos are saying it all for us. Here are 7 Latinos against SeaWorld and their reasons why.

1. Kate del Castillo

CREDIT: “KatedelCastillo” Digital Image. PETA. 26 June 2018.

In all her glory, she worked with PETA Latino to show the world how “37 orcas have died and none of them for natural reasons, which is devastating.”

In her own words, “we need to be the voice for animals.” I’ll do anything you tell me to, Kate. 😍

“No tenemos el derecho a abusar los animales.” -Kate del Castillo

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“We don’t have the right to abuse animals.” – Kate del Castillo.

You can watch Kate get emotional with PETA Latino about the horrific conditions that orcas are kept in. Their lives are miserable, but their deaths can be worse. Like when Kandu got into a fight with another orca while trying to protect her only calf, Orkid (after 7 of her babies already died in captivity).

Kandu accidentally rammed her jaw open and bled out for hours in front of Orkid.

And death isn’t even the worst case scenario for orcas.

CREDIT: “SeaWorld San Antonio 1 orcas in tank” Digital Image. peta2. 27 June 2018.

Orcas typically travel 100 miles per day in the wild. At SeaWorld, they’re in the human equivalent of a bathtub… and they have to share it with other kidnapped, stressed af orcas.

According to a water-quality diver for SeaWorld, the orcas fight so often, and so fiercely that they rip off each other’s skin, which sink to the bottom of the tanks. Employees will casually gift strips of dead flesh to their families as a souvenir of the horror show of their lives. 💀

2. Christian Serratos

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Remember Angela from Twilight? Well, she’s been Rosita on The Walking Dead for a few years now, and she’ll throw shade at anyone who even associates with SeaWorld.

Because anyone with “orca masturbation” in their job description should reconsider.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. PETA. 27 June 2018.

That is an orca penis you’re looking at, folks, and those are employees tasked with “sexually stimulating” Tilikum, the famous orca at the center of the documentary, Blackfish.

SeaWorld has bred him so many times that 50% of the orcas at SeaWorld parks around the country are his offspring. Talk about daddy issues.

3. Kat Von D

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After the orca star of the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish died at SeaWorld, people poured in the streets to protest. Meanwhile, Kat Von D definitely poured out her heart on Twitter.

When Tilly died, some celebs were relieved.

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SeaWorld kidnapped Tilly from his family in the wild, off the coast of Washington, when he was just a baby. There’s enough heartache in this world when we talk about humans, which is why it’s so offensive that SeaWorld would think to target Latinos.

4. Daniella Monet

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Daniella Monet is a huge animal lover, and she’s got nothing against whales. She does have a lot against SeaWorld.

Some things are best said in four words or less.

Latinos can relate more than anyone to savage sibling revenge.

CREDIT: “Seaworld san antonio 5 rake marks” Digital Image. peta2. 27 June 2018.

We’re all triggered by furniture shopping, and the countless hours our moms would spend at El Dorado, lured in by the promise of ice cream, and rage slowly bubbling up for hours. SeaWorld trainers don’t have chanclas, but they do withhold food. Inevitably, the orcas take their frustration out on each other.

5. Adriana de Moura


Real Housewives of Miami star, Adriana de Moura, hates Miami Seaquarium so much that she stripped for a PETA ad to raise awareness about the inhumane conditions at the amusement park for Lolita.

Lolita is the longest living orca in captivity. She’s been in an enclosure that was as deep as my diving pool in high school, on a key off Miami Beach. She can probably hear other orcas in the wild, but she’s trapped in a pool with no other orcas–effectively solitary confinement.

So could you live in a pool by yourself for the rest of your life?

Answer: No.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. PETA. 27 June 2018.

Orcas are often seen vomiting, something that is rarely seen in the wild. Just as we often felt nauseous and sick on Saturday mornings when the Cuban mop came out. “I feel trapped. Please set me free.”

6. Alfonso Herrera

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Afonso Herrera actually went with PETA Latino to visit SeaWorld San Diego and what he saw was lifeless orcas floating instead of swimming, and a host of unnatural behaviors.

Like gnawing on their prison bars until their teeth are worn down.

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Virtually every orca at SeaWorld is in a state of pychosis, from boredom, to the point that they’re gnawing on anything they can find, and every orcas needs extreme dental work to repair the damage.

They’re also all medicated with anti-depressants. 💔

7. Ireland Baldwin

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PETA asked it’s followers what they’d rather do instead of going to SeaWorld, and Brazilian model, Ireland Baldwin, responded with beauty and grace. JK, but she did delete the tweet after. 😂

Like most of us, animals do better with their families than with a corporation.

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SeaWorld definitely has some great rescue programs, but they account for less than 1 percent of the profit they make off the animals who just want to go home.

Plus, hanging with frustrated, angry wild animals is dangerous.

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This summer, SeaWorld is creating more animal encounter experiences than ever–something that no wild animal is interested in. Don’t be fooled by that permanent smile on dolphins–she enojada af.

SeaWorld es lo mentirosa of all the parks.

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If Disney is your friend always stepping out in acrylics, eating huge turkey legs every day, and fake sobbing while saying, “I just can’t gain any weight,” then SeaWorld is your Uncle Omar who lies between every drag of his cigarillo, but he gives you weed and Cuban coffee so you just go along with it.

Literally, SeaWorld said they gave this dolphin birth control, but she magically got inbred anyway and gave birth to a calf that died within minutes in captivity.

TBH, SeaWorld is like the pimp of the animal kingdom.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. PETA. 27 June 2018.

Like, remember that time that they separated best friends Szenja and Snowflake so that they could drug and rent her out to the Pittsburgh Zoo to use for breeding there?

Szenja died not long after, after spending 20 years with the only polar bear she knew, probably of a broken heart.

SeaWorld casually took 11 penguins from Antartica and just put them in this cage.

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But they would rather talk about the rescue and rehab they do, and really  don’t want this kind of information getting out. Whoops.

Which sucks, because, claro que sí, all of us would like to see penguins in action, but not if we know they could be swimming free and that by us paying to see them, we’re affirming SeaWorld’s shady business ways.

….wtf is this?

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. PETA. 27 June 2018.

I mean, this picture says it all. That’s literally just a 2×4 of fake grass in a glass enclosure that is probably very confusing and stressful to these guys.

Plus, a former employee describes seeing garbage in the penguin enclosure, which is a hazard. If I put my dog in an enclosure with trash, she will eat it and need an ER visit.

Bottom line: SeaWorld exploits animals for profit.

CREDIT: “Much like a piece of equipment, Nanuq was “on loan” to SeaWorld for profit.” Digital Image. peta2. 27 June 2018.

Nanuq died in March of 2015 while “on loan” to SeaWorld for breeding purposes. He was removed from the water 42 times to retrieve sperm, and was shipped to five different parks. Before that, he was just living his best life off the coast of Canada with his pod until the Vancouver Aquarium decided to own his body.

This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You


This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You

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We all love our puppies. There’s a reason they are called man’s best friend. They are adorable, loyal and sweet little pals who only want our affection and attention. However, giving them that much-deserved affection can sometimes backfire in a life-changing way — as it did for one Ohio woman earlier this year.

After nine days in the hospital, a woman woke up to find her hands and legs amputated and the reason behind their loss was a rare infection caused by puppy kisses.

The nightmare started after the woman returned home from a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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When  Marie Trainer returned from her trip, she experienced a backache and nausea that caused her to take time off of work. Soon, her temperature began fluctuating wildly — spiking and dropping sporadically. The sudden changes to her temperature and her worrisome symptoms landed her in the local emergency room on May 11.

When first admitted, Trainer was delirious and she soon fell unconscious. Doctors first suspected that the problem was some sort of tropical disease picked up from her travel to the Caribbean. However, this wasn’t the cause. It took the hospital seven days to eliminate that possibility and find the real cause of Trainer’s illness.

Trainer had contracted a rare infection from the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus.

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Doctors say bacteria was probably introduced into Trainer’s body when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut somewhere on her body. As the infection took its course, the Ohio woman’s skin began quickly changing to a purplish-red color before progressing into full-blow gangrene in her extremities. She soon developed a blood clot that threatened Trainer’s life. The discoloration also spread to the tip of her nose, ears, and face.

While being hospitalized at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, Trainer was treated by Dr. Margaret Kobe, the medical director of infectious disease. Kobe shared with CNN the process of identifying and treating Trainer’s illness.

“It was difficult to identify, We’re kind of the detectives,” Kobe explained. “We went through all these diagnoses until we could narrow things down. She didn’t lose parts of her face. But her extremities is what she had to have surgery on. This is off the scale, one of the worst cases we have seen in terms of how ill people become with infections. She was close to death.”

However, Trainer’s family wanted to get a second opinion before they made the life-changing decision to amputate.

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Hoping to save Trainer’s legs and hands, her family reached out to see if they would get a less severe diagnosis. However, the damage was too extensive and had already corrupted the tissue in her extremities. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis of Capnocytophaga through the use of blood tests and cultures.

Trainer’s family then gave permission for her treatments. Trainer has now had eight surgeries and will soon be fitted for prostheses on her arms and legs. Gina Premier, Trainer’s step-daughter and a nurse at the same hospital she was treated at, spoke with CNN about the prognosis

“That was a pretty hard pill for us to all swallow,” she admitted. “To say she was fine a couple days ago on vacation and now she’s actively getting worse by the minute and now her hands and feet aren’t alive, like this doesn’t happen, it’s 2019.”

While this is a cautionary tale for all dog-owners, Trainer’s cause is a rare one.

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This news has us seriously rethinking how we show our pups affection and vice versa. According to the Center for Disease Control, the bacteria is present in as many as 74% of dogs. However, most people who come into contact with infected dogs and cats don’t get sick themselves. The bacteria poses a greater risk to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Once contracted, symptoms of the infection usually manifest in three to five days. Three in ten of those who develop a severe infection will die because of Capnocytophaga.

Though changed forever, Trainer is grateful to still be living and is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life.

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Though the bacteria was introduced via one of her dogs, Trainer has no intention of giving her pups away. In fact, she was eager to see them while she was still hospitalized. She asked doctors if her two furry friends could visit and they were happy to accommodate the request.

“They brought them here two times at the hospital so I can see them and that just put the biggest smile on my face,” Trainer told CNN.

It just goes to show that nothing can stop puppy love — not even a major bacterial infection.

These Pics Of Sweet Bodega Cats Are Proof That The United States Does Have A Royal Family


These Pics Of Sweet Bodega Cats Are Proof That The United States Does Have A Royal Family

OK,  so you’re a sorry person you might be wondering what the heck a “bodega cat” is, right? Well, a bodega cat is a special and hard-working kind of kitty who often lives in a ship or has taken a stroll away from home to find comfort in strangers…. and by comfort we mean food, comida, la papa. If you want a longer def, then you can find one here (and of course, remember gatitos are the kings and queens of the Internet). These kitties are often found near delis, lonjas mercantiles or anywhere that sells food. As we said, sometimes bodega cats actually live in the shop and will do anything within their means to get some abracitos y mimos from the customers! They often become legendary dwellers of their hoods.

They will employ their best gatito de Shrek antics to get a slice of pastrami or a little bit of queso, or perhaps a little cuddle, and like any good cat, they will just ignore you once their feline cravings have been satisfied. Just so you are prepared next time you encounter one of these, this is what we mean by gatito de Shrek (yes, we know he is the Puss in Boots, but us Latinos call him differently):

Credit: Puss in Boots / Dreamworks

And without further ado, these are some of the most tiernos y descarados bodega cats on the web:

This New Yorker who has made the streets his paradise

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Just look at the masterful way that this bodega cat seductively twists and turns around Elly Belle’s ankle. Hard to say no!

Mayor Tom, a sus ordenes

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Tom is laying the law of the land straight away: if you want anything you will need to pay him some attention, and some respect. He will be by your ankle, tus tobillos, of course! Are we the only ones who think cats were put on this planet to be the stars of the Internet?

Want a B&J ice cream? Well, too bad, I am just cooling here!

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Good luck to whoever wants to grab an helado in this shop. That bodega cat is not going anywhere. Do we blame him?

Just woke up from my long siesta

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Just look at that rico bostezo. This cat found the perfect nap spot behind the Premium crackers. Just be careful next time you visit the shop: you don’t want to unleash hell by waking him up!

This cat found an ally!

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Very cute. These two seem to have hit it up. This animal defender will surely visit this bodega cat often, and perhaps bring some fishy treats with him. This kitty struck gold: a co-dependent lifelong friendship with a human.

Do not disturb, por el amor de Dios

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That bag of Book Chicka Pops seems to be the best pillow ever. This cat is just so comfy we even feel like peeping toms looking at this picture!

The guardian of the chelas

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This minino knows that when new boxes of cerveza arrive, it is of the uttermost importance to guard them. Just look at the serious and committed expression on its face. Well done, chaparrito.

This is one aristocratic cat

Credit: Instagram. @bauerwines

Everything in the dweller of this bottle shop screams class: from the long whiskers to the furry chest to the aristocratic way in which he yawns. Perhaps some sherry, my lord?

Cats of anarchy! 

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According to common lore, if you cross a black cat you will face bad luck. But this one is just so cute on that motorbike. Or, is he part of a biker gang? Shall we call Ron Perlman and ask if he is part of Sons of Anarchy?

Ready to jump! Watch out!

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This cat by the name of Max seems to be ready to jump on the first customer that walks in. We wonder what is going through his animal mind? Sardines, perhaps.

No, kid, no chocolate today!

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We love, and are terrified by, the judgmental look on this fluffy face. No chocolate for you today, escuincle. Or perhaps he is shaming an adult cliente for having a Kinder huevito every day.

Cat not for sale

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Cats and boxes are like chicken and rice, peas and carrots… we just want to clarify that this cat was not being sold! He just loves to spread sus patitas open wide in this box.

Guardia de lujo

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No, he is not a criminal. This cat is there as a customer service liaison for the shop and is ready to assist you if you have any questions in regards to the operation of the Automatic Teller Machine. Ha.

This gatito de bodega sure strikes a pose! 

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Just look at how professional this cat’s modeling is. It captures the golden hour perfectly, and that look towards el horizonte near the Yucateco sauce bottles and the Cholula sauce box would surely make a spreadsheet in a fashion magazine. Miau!

We want this on a t-shirt, like as of yesterday!

Credit: Instagram. @gerardoromo via @carmenmt347

What a cool design. It is influenced by pop art and yet captures the magnificence of bodega cats. Can we buy a t-shirt or poster now, please? Take our money

Florecita roquera

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Ohh la la! No bad luck at all bumping into this amazing New York scene, with fresh tulips and a gorgeous black cat. Can it get more urban chic than this?

Ask Nelson, if you can wake him up that is

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Nelson seems to have an appointed role in customer service, but he also seems to not give a damn. Good for him. Long, restful periods of sleep are important for any employee.

Come back soon, have a nice day!

Credit: Instagram. @lizbreeezy

We would totally come back to this shop if this awesome one-eyed cat was there to bid us goodbye. We love that he is having a happy life, as evidenced by his lovely panza. We just want to scratch his tummy!

Bodega cat in training

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This kitten has all the necessary attributes to become a great bodega cat: the posture, the intensity in his gaze and a very healthy dose of cuteness. We can’t wait to see where his career takes him!

Hipster bodega cats, of course, giving us all the High Fidelity vibes

Credit: Instagram. @castleblackpaw

This super hipster gatito lives in a record store that sells vinyl and of course wears a jeans vest. He has that Marlon Brando air about him and is plain awesome. Can someone sign a sponsorship deal with him already?

Last but not least: the smart cat who found summer relief in the fridge

Credit: Instagram. @fernandothebodegacat

New York can get pretty hot in the summer, and muy humid, so Fernando found the perfect spot inside the fridge. If it is beer o’clock he can just crack open a Red Stripe and feel the sweet flavors of Jamaica travel his furry body.

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