Cancel Your Performance at Seaworld
  • Petitioned Ed Robertson

This petition was delivered to:

Ed Robertson
Tyler Stewart
Kevin Hearn
Jim Creeggan
Barenaked Ladies

Cancel Your Performance at Seaworld

    1. Mike Garrett
    2. Petition by

      Mike Garrett

      st. catharines, Canada

November 2013


This morning, BNL announced that they’ve decided not to play at Seaworld! I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support for this petition and all those who helped share it. I couldn't have imagined that after only a few days it would gather so much momentum; however, right from the beginning I truly believed we could achieve victory. I believed the Barenaked Ladies would make the right decision and realize not only are they better than a place like Seaworld but their fans believed in them and would support them 100% in deciding not to support marine mammal captivity. The world has changed and people are seeing places like Seaworld and Marineland for what they truly are "abusement" parks that profit off the suffering of animals rather than the family destinations they make themselves out to be.

I've been a fan of BNL ever since the early days when they broke out of the indie scene in Toronto.  They are one of the all time great Canadian bands which have achieved enormous success yet they still seem to remain down to earth and refreshingly laid back. As a fan, I was disappointed to learn that BNL is scheduled to play an upcoming show at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida on February 15, 2014.

In light of all the horrific information we're learning about places like Seaworld and Marineland. I'm hoping to grab the band's attention on this issue and ask them, on behalf of all their animal-loving fans, to reconsider performing there.  

It is well documented that parks like Seaworld have obtained their whales, dolphins and other animals in cruel ways, capturing them and tearing them away from their families in the wild. It has been documented that other whales have been killed during these captures. These animals -- who swim hundreds of kilometers a day in the wild -- are then contained in concrete bathtubs for the rest of their lives. The USDA has even issued a warning to Seaworld about sub par facilities for the animals. The list goes on and on.

I've bought BNL albums, been to their shows and even met them on one occasion. They seem like really great guys with a lot of talent and natural ability to connect with their fans.  I know they have a social conscience and I sincerely hope that they choose not to support cruel captivity by immediately cancelling their Seaworld performance.

Please sign my petition and share with other BNL fans.

For more on Seaworld watch the documentary Blackfish.

For more on Marineland read the Toronto Star investigations.

Recent signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bette McCracken BARRIE, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Because a band with a social conscience needs to exercise it occasionally. Bad decision by good band - please fix it.

    • Marie Wright MARMORA, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Stop animal cruelty

    • Sandra Hayes WATERLOO, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Please reconsider your commitment to performing at Seaworld. Contrary to the commercial, everyone doesn't love Marineland. Their is no reason, other than profit, to contain a whale in captivity.

    • sue demicher TORONTO, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      These beautiful animals should live their lives free and not be used for entertainment!

    • Lori DelFabbro ACTON, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      These places are only interested in lining the pockets, don't give them an opportunity to make more money from the mistreatment of animals that should be in there natural environment not a glass bubble to be used for the entertainment of the human race.


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