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Jerry Stiller on SeaWorld

Written by PETA | July 20, 2009
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Jerry Stiller

“Would you go to see a brilliant actor who’s been framed for something that he didn’t do, and put him on a stage and say he’s going to do Hamlet for you, and why don’t you enjoy it? That’s a hell of an analogy, but it’s about the same thing.”

That’s what comedian Jerry Stiller had to say as he was leaving a screening of The Cove, a documentary about the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. During the slaughter, some of the young dolphins are captured and sent to aquariums to be put on display. But Stiller won’t be going to see them—and neither will many of the other people who see this powerful movie.

Look for The Cove at a theater near you on July 31.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Sam says:

    Why do we need a role model for change? Isn’t basic humanity and conciousness enough to know that cruelty to anything is wrong?

  • Wm.Clark Drew II says:

    I am absolutely appalled by animal crueltyanimals were put on earth to admirenot killmaimor use for entertainment.I refuse to attend the circusrodeos or any other activity that puts animals lives in jeopardy.I CALL FOR AN IMMMEDIATE BOYCOTT OF BULLRIDINGRODEO CIRCUSESHUNTING AND ANY OTHER ACTIVITY THAT HARMS ANIMALS!!!

  • Jorri Cohen says:

    This statement is directed to Meg Schramm. I like dolphins and I agreee that the ununethical treatment of animals can be justified in many ways.

  • Berry Sappington says:

    This comment is for Rev. Meg I wholeheartedly agree that Jesus Christ should be our role model and guide. If everyone had the faith in him that we do there would be no animal cruelty at all. It’s a shame that the gospel has been spread but folks refuse to accept it. Too bad for them that it won’t be Ghandi waiting for them on the other side. I myself could work for a petting zoo if the animals were treated with respect and not abused. All animals like a good belly rub from time to time. As for the profit the zoo is making the animals have to eat and they do need vetrinary care from time to time that does get expensive. Not all petting zoos abuse thier animals. I have seen several that treat their animals as pets and they are allowed free roam of a very large farm. Where’s the cruelty in that??

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Thank you Brian for your polite and educated post. I still have the copy of Time magazine with your letter in it.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Gandhi declared that he was a Hindu A Christian A Muslim and a Jew. Many great Christians were animal loving vegetarians including William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army and Ellen G. White the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists.

  • farah says:

    Rev. Meg Schramm I can understand your rationale for wanting the animals at zoos and aquariums to be cared for. But by working at such places you are helping the owners make their profits. The best way to end the cruelty of animal captivity is to boycott going to such places and using the law to end the existence of such establishments. The only excuse I can see to work at these places would be to work there undercover temporarily and document abuses.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    There is no disputing the exsistence of Jesus either Courtney. There is historical evidence for His exsistence…thousands of people saw Him and witnessed his miricles. I however do not need to see him. Like millions of other Christians I walk by faith not by sight. Now to get back to the subject I completely agree with Mr. Stiller on the subject of zoos aquariums and other animal exhibits but I will work at them. Why?? Because when I am working there I can make sure they are fed have a clean enclosure and a little kindness in their day. Plus I can then donate a good part of my pay to PETA. Also when I am working with chickens cows and pigs at “family farms” glorified petting zoos I can educate the public about battery cages gestation pens and all the other horrors of modern farming.

  • Courtney says:

    Joni with all do respect..not everyone “believes” in Jesus…Gandhi’s acts of love compassion and respect can be accepted and used by everyone.. not on a religious basis…on a compassionate basis. And there is no disputing his existence.

  • Alec Chalmers says:

    I’ve been meaning to watch ‘The cove’ for a while but I’m not sure it’s out in the UK yet. I also missed the only showing in my town of ‘The end of the line’ a film about the effects of overfishing.

  • Joni says:

    Ghandi??? Jesus should be…

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The Japanese also mutilate and kills countless thousands of sharks for shark fin soup. The Chinese are also inordinately cruel to animals. For that matter the human race is an irrefutable disgrace. Gandhi must be our role model for change.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    This is from the New York Daily News. Jerry’s son actor Ben Stiller says he loved this movie and he loves dolphins. Too bad the Japanese who refuse to stop killing whales will also refuse to stop murdering dolphins!

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