Friday, 22 April 2011

Close all Seaworlds and the like across the world and stop this cruelty from going on.

 

2011-04-07

Please take a minute to help stop animals all over the world being treated  in this terrible way simply to provide “entertainment” for us..

 

 

Matt Damon 'supports campaign to close SeaWorld'

 

“Matt Damon has pledged his support to a campaign attempting to close SeaWorld in Orlando, FL following the death of a trainer at the theme park on Wednesday.
Dawn Brancheau, 40, was maimed and killed by a whale named Tilikum during a show with the mammal at the aquarium.
Campaigners for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have since joined forces with celebrity Bob Barker to petition SeaWorld owners The Blackstone Group and appeal for its closure.
In a letter to Blackstone boss Hamilton James, Barker wrote: "The death of [the] trainer at SeaWorld did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again. I urge you to make [a] humane move now and to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries.
"This is not the first time that a trainer has been seized, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held down to drown. I cannot imagine what the sight of such a hideous event would do to a child in the audience...The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for animals held there."
Damon has now revealed his shock at the trainer's "horrible" death, insisting that marine mammal parks such as SeaWorld should be "shut down".
He told Entertainment Tonight: "I think they should just shut them all down. I've never been a fan of places like that."

 

 

 

 

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