PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Animal rights group blasts star for violating captive creatures' personal space

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2014 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins and puckering up for a sea lion during a Mexican vacation, reports Radar Online. "Touch tanks and 'swim-with' programs … invade the animals' already diminished world," says a PETA spokeswoman. PETA's website also notes that "animals in 'petting pools' can become injured and anxious as a result of constant poking and prodding, and exposure to bacteria that they are not immune to can make them ill."

It's not the first-time Kim K has had a run-in with PETA: In 2012, the organization railed against her for threatening to sue a woman who tossed flour on her for wearing fur—a move that prompted sis Khloe to snatch her support for the group. PETA doesn't appear to care one iota what Khloe or any of the Kardashians think about its animal advocacy. “Kim is free to leave the pool, but for the dolphins, it’s a lifetime sentence,” the spokeswoman says. (PETA presumably would not be a fan of Kim's face turning up on the $20 bill.)

In this May 5, 2014, photo, Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala.
In this May 5, 2014, photo, Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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