Have you heard the great news?!? Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson have cancelled their performances at SeaWorld after becoming aware of the animal cruelty that takes place there. Martina McBride is scheduled to play at SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival on March 8th.
As an animal activist, who recently viewed Blackfish, I feel it's important to make sure each of the performers SeaWorld has scheduled are made aware of what is truly happening to the amazing animals that are trapped there. Please join me in telling Martina McBride you do not want her to support SeaWorld's animal cruelty.
Martina McBride is an amazing artist who works diligently to end domestic violence.
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.
Please join me in politely asking Martina McBride to drop plans to perform at SeaWorld. To do so would be promoting cruelty to orcas and other animals.
Nothing about SeaWorld's record of cruelty to animals or dangers to workers seems consistent with the compassion and vision of your music or the work you do to prevent violence against women and children, Martina.
Please listen to the public and drop SeaWorld.