This is a subject which matters a lot to me, and by now I don’t understand why people are still ignoring the huge problem,… people like Kid Rock and Alan Jackson, who are still playing at SeaWorld Orlando, whereas Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Pat Benetar, Heart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Barenaked Ladies, 38 Special, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon have all canceled their shows in the park!
What part of animal abuse Rock and Jackson do not understand? Since the release of the powerful documentary ‘Blackfish’ nobody can ignore what’s going on in these amusement parks, and how wrong we are to believe we can keep these animals in captivity for the sake of our own entertainment. I encourage people who haven’t seen the movie to see it immediately, it will open your eyes on the terrible practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. The film follows the story of Tilikum, an orca captured when he was very young (as all these animals are) and the maltreatment he received from two fellow captive whales – as these animals have a complex social life and are not supposed to be kept in such small pools. As a result, the traumatized and probably psychotic Tilikum was involved in the death of three trainers, and it doesn’t seem to be the only example. This was enough to turn off many artists, but it seems that the Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series is still happening because these two idiots stepped in, despite the movie, despite the public outrage, despite the online petitions.
I know signing petitions asking Kid Rock and Alan Jackson to cancel their performances at Sea World won’t probably change their decisions but we could at least try. Think about it, Joan Jett has even requested that her music no longer be used during shows featuring the animals! But Joan Jett is tremendously cool, while Kid Rock and Alan Jackson? Not so much! Stepping into this mess make them look so outdated, so red neck and so wrong.
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