I recently watched the new trailer for the movie Anchorman 2. I enjoy movies including the original Anchorman, but it's because I love animals even more that I will not see this sequel. The trailer clearly shows a scene filmed inside SeaWorld and numerous media reports back this up. I will not support SeaWorld's animal cruelty, and I am surprised that co-producers Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, and Adam McKay are excited to promote a business with such an extensive history of poor treatment of animals. The movie comes out in December, and I know enough public pressure can help get these controversial segments taken out!
What I have against Seaworld really is the fact that after everything that has come out about the captive wildlife trade, they still insist on keeping orcas and dolphins working in their theme parks for entertainment and profit, not species conservation.
Here are some very recent examples from this year. This is all aside from trainers who have been injured or died as detailed in many places including the documentary Blackfish.
-On August 25, 2013 a four year old female beluga named Bella died at SeaWorld in Texas.
-On August 6, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association denied a permit which would have allowed SeaWorld to display wild caught beluga whales at all three of its US locations. Included in their reasoning was "five of the beluga whales proposed for import, estimated to be approximately 1.5 years old at the time of capture, were potentially still nursing and not yet independent."
-There's a July 2013 video of a dolphin who jumped out of a tank and became injured and was found bleeding.
-In June 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined SeaWorld $38,500 for ignoring courts about “recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to struck-by and drowning hazards.”
Think about it, how is it helping animals to force them into doing unnatural tricks in tiny pools for some fish treats? How does that teach respect and compassion to anyone?
Paramount Pictures is refusing to acknowledge the truth as SeaWorld continues to operate and make money under a veil of lies. Human lives have been lost at SeaWorld, and tragedies upon people and animalre are being swept under the rug with the help of big media companies like Paramount Pictures.
Even the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, reportedly revised scenes from the upcoming Pixar film (and keep in mind this is a film where no real animals were used) from a "SeaWorld-type environment." Why can't Paramount do the same?
The Anchorman 2 movie will only help to boost the positive and misleading illusion of whales and dolphins in captivity. It is time to remove Seaworld's lies from the pop culture and keep exposing the truth. Being a movie fan, I know Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow can be funny without supporting animal cruelty.
Please sign my petition asking the Anchorman 2 director, co-producers, and Paramount Pictures executives to edit out the segments which reflect SeaWorld's animal and human abuse.