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Motley Crue vs Sea World

Thursday, August 16th 2012 12:15

The hair metal band take umbrage at the apparent use of their songs during orca show at theme park

Hennemusic reports that Crue drummer Tommy Lee has teamed up with People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) to try to persuade Sea World to stop using rock music during an orca display show called 'Shamu Rocks'.

Last week Lee, along with PETA, sent a letter to John T. Reilly, the president of the theme park's San Diego location, saying "I'm writing to ask you not to play any Motley Crue songs at any of SeaWorld's parks during this sad show. Although we like to torture the human fans who willingly come to our shows, we don't want to be a part of making innocent animals' lives hellish."

This week Sea World responded, saying "PETA [People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals] is wrong concerning the effect of music on SeaWorld's killer whales,” said SeaWorld VP of Communications Fred Jacobs. "We have never played a Motley Crue song in any Shamu show, nor will we. I can assure you the volume of music played during parts of our killer-whale shows poses no risk at all to our animals.”

And Lee has now responded once more to the company

"Thanks for the expected lame corporate response which avoids the issue at hand,” wrote Lee. "PETA's SeaWorld campaign and my letter are based on science from the UN wildlife panel and an NRDC study on how loud noises are tortuous to marine mammals, especially captive ones. SeaWorld won't address the issue of noise torture because you can't defend it. I'm glad to know 'Shamu Rocks' doesn't feature any Motley Crue music; PETA members are now monitoring the sad shows to see which bands are featured so that those bands can learn about this issue too."

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