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Vegan Race Car Driver Banned from SeaWorld

Leilani Münter was banned from all SeaWorld locations after bringing roses to honor Tilikum's life to the Orlando park.

Vegan race car driver and activist Leilani Münter received a notice from SeaWorld yesterday informing her that she is banned from entering all of the company’s properties. Münter visited the park’s Orlando location to pay homage to recently deceased orca Tilikum, bringing with her 33 roses—one for every year the whale was held in captivity. In addition to the roses, Münter attempted to place a sign near the entrance of the park that stated, “May the four winds blow you safely to your ocean home where you’ve belonged all these 33 years.” Park officials handed Münter a notice after escorting her to their security office accompanied by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, that stated she is not allowed into any of the park’s properties indefinitely—including corporate offices—for the offense of, “mourning [the] loss of orca on property w[ith] roses and sign, without permission.” Münter responded by posting a live video to Facebook—seen by over 20,000 fans in just a few hours—and stated, “That’s cool. I’m not a huge fan.” Münter will be debuting the world’s first vegan-themed race car at the historic Daytona International Speedway on February 18.

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