Anti-SeaWorld Activists Protest Rose Parade Arrests in Pasadena

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The 16 PETA protestors, who broke security lines to boycott SeaWorld’s float in the Rose Parade, were scheduled to have their day in court Monday in Pasadena.

PETA members gather at the Pasadena Courthouse in support of 16 people arrested for protesting against SeaWorld’s float in the Rose Parade, Feb. 3, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

But despite a summons indicating a court date of Feb. 3, the proceedings were postponed.

Meantime, a team of supporters holding signs, lined the sidewalk outside the Pasadena courthouse to show their support.

“We had summonses to appear at court. We showed up there are no charges filed. This is a very good sign the city’s not gonna pursue these charges,” said attorney Matthew Strugar.

But when KTLA contacted the Pasadena City Attorney’s office, they told us they hadn’t dismissed the misdemeanor case, which is still under review and that the defendants would be arraigned at a later date.

The animal rights supporters, who clashed with police during the Rose Parade, were fighting to send a message to SeaWorld and the public that the confinement of orcas, for the purpose of entertainment, is inhumane.

The protesters were booked for a Pasadena municipal violation of “interfering with special events.”

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