Respect animals. Don't perform at SeaWorld!
  • Petitioned Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson

Respect animals. Don't perform at SeaWorld!

    1. Danielle Legg
    2. Petition by

      Danielle Legg

      Brooklyn, NY

December 2013


More than 8,500 people have signed my petition on, and I'm relieved that Willie Nelson has joined Barenaked Ladies in listening to fans and standing up to SeaWorld's cruelty to animals. I've been a fan of Willie Nelson’s music and activism for years so I hope his actions, and those of Barenaked Ladies, will inspire other artists to stay away from performing at SeaWorld because at least they've got the choice -- unlike the animals trapped there. -Danielle

I just heard that Willie Nelson is scheduled to perform at SeaWorld in Orlando on February 1. As a fan who respects his activism for animals, the environment, and other good causes, I find this very disappointing. If you've seen the documentary Blackfish, you know why it's so surprising. Please tell Willie Nelson you do not want him to support SeaWorld's animal cruelty.

SeaWorld Orlando is where the orca Tilikum is kept. He was caught in the wild about 30 years ago and has since been involved in three human deaths including that of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau right there in Orlando. The orcas at SeaWorld's theme parks (if they cared about animals, they would be non-profit sanctuaries or rehabilitation centers) are kept in tiny tanks where they become stressed, lack proper exercise, and are a risk to other animals and people.

SeaWorld also has also been fighting to import even more wild animals, beluga whales, into the United States, so it can make money off their captivity. And they're fighting to get trainers back into the water for performances even though they've been fined tens of thousands of dollars because it's already been proven to be a huge risk to the workers.

Willie Nelson is an iconic musician and activist. Please join me in politely asking Willie Nelson to drop plans to perform at SeaWorld. To do so would be promoting cruelty to orcas and other animals.


Willie Nelson
Respect animals. Don't perform at SeaWorld!

You're an iconic musician and activist. Nothing about SeaWorld's record of cruelty to animals or dangers to workers seems consistent with the compassion and vision of your music, Willie. Please listen to the public and drop SeaWorld.

[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • cida tannar MILTON, CANADA
      • 11 months ago


    • Brian Arnold MILL CREEK, WA
      • 11 months ago

      Seaworld needs to own up to their mistreatment of their highly intelligent animals

    • Jason Menser WESTMINSTER, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I love Willie Nelson and I love animals. That blackfish show really opened my eyes about Sea World I will never go there again.

    • Sylvia Adams FLEMING ISLAND, FL
      • 11 months ago

      I love Willie. I love wildlife. I love orcas. 'nuff said.

    • Elaine Tusso FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • 11 months ago

      Captive marine mammals suffer in captivity!


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