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.