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Tommy Lee’s Response to SeaWorld

Written by PETA | December 10, 2010

As if Tommy Lee’s original letter to SeaWorld about the park’s disturbing orca-breeding practices weren’t high-five-worthy enough, it gets even better!

A SeaWorld rep responded, “The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn’t differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species for zoological display. … [O]ur trainers do not now nor have they ever entered the water with Tilikum for this purpose.”

But Tommy is standing his ground and has sent the following response to SeaWorld:

Terry W. Prather
President, SeaWorld

Dear Mr. Prather,

SeaWorld’s PR line about the breeding of Tilikum falls flat, given statements PETA has from SeaWorld’s own former employees, and it doesn’t explain how exactly SeaWorld collects Tilikum’s semen without having anyone get into the pool with him.

Former SeaWorld scientist John Hall says in this article, “Early in the morning, the animal-care crew would take hot-water-filled cow vaginas and masturbate the males in the back tanks.” In this YouTube video, SeaWorld trainers demonstrate semen collection by standing in shallow water next to an orca and grabbing his penis until he ejaculates into a plastic bag. Linda Simons, SeaWorld’s former health and safety director, confirmed to PETA that trainers are in fact in the water with Tilikum when masturbating him. When she asked about safety concerns with this, the response was, “This is how we’ve always done it.”

It doesn’t matter if trainers are ankle deep or totally submerged in the pool during this masturbation. Orcas commonly capture prey by leaping out of the water, grabbing the animal, and dragging him or her beneath the surface of the water.

To settle this, how about PETA and I come to SeaWorld and videotape the process, and then people can decide how natural it is? It might make your dramatic news releases about a new orca pregnancy or birth less appealing, but the public deserves to know. And they’ve undoubtedly never seen a sex tape like this.

Tommy Lee

Please back Tommy up—and speak out for all the whales at SeaWorld too.

Written by Sunny Subramanian

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  • Kathleen says:

    shocking and unbelievable as it may sound, they do in fact use a cows vagina.

    Now,I ask ya..How is it natural in anyway shape or form for a human to jack off a whale with a cows vagina???

    I feel dirty just explaining it,ugh.

  • Rose says:

    Uh, whether they stand on a platform, use a cows vagina blah bla bla.. It doesn’t matter! Wild animals should not be kept in captivity! Obviously it is dangerous and not to mention unnatural. When a human gets eaten by one of these animals I feel nothing. We are all responsible for the extinction of certain species including our own eventually and I am all game for natural breeding and rehabilitation programs for the sole purpose of fixing the problems we as humans have created in this regard. But the bull of training them for show purposes is gross. There are other ways to help these animals and educate people.

  • Jen says:

    Freaking brilliant.

  • Kathleen says:

    Love this letter!!! It gets directly to the point. And honestly, this is the most disgusting thing I have heard in a while. So sea world not only encourages animal abuse, but beastiality as well. SEA WORLD: PLEASE GO OUT OF BUISNESS. Thank you.

  • James Cassidy says:


    Wherever did I say it was natural?  All I’m implying is that if one is going to make wild accusations (ie. cow vaginas) that you provide evidence.  Otherwise one is basically just lying in order to shock people and get their attention…but for the wrong reasons.  

    It’s good that Mr. Lee is standing up for a good cause, but it makes us all look like we lack integrity when we don’t even make the effort to separate fact from fiction.

  • Liz says:

    I agree with Tommy. How disturbing!!

  • Antoine says:

    Really Jackson? “They probably enjoy it?” So would YOU enjoy it if say, the military captured you, held you prisoner and then some doctor (in front of everyone) grabbed you and masturbated you? Guess what? we have a name for that: rape.

  • VioletYoshi says:

    Let’s hold a protest, denouncing Sea World as a bunch of whale wankers!

  • nancy says:

    Jackson and James Cassidy, how could it be natural to keep a whale confined in a tiny pool?!?!? Let alone masturbate him in the pool. These marine mammals need to be released into the wild so they can return to having normal lives for their species.

  • bcastaneda says:

    Not only is it disturbing what SeaWorld is doing but it is inhumane and unsanitary. Tommy, way to stand up for the animals!

  • pj56 says:

    Good for you Tommy. I never knew of their practices with the whales prior to reading your letter. Thank you for enlightening us on this practice. Here’s hoping we can all start to help put an end to these “natural” practices. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Gala says:

    After reading the post about this the other day, I was horrified. I sent my letter immediately afterwards. Something needs to be done to stop this.

  • James Cassidy says:

    I don’t follow Mr. Lee’s arguments.  He says one guy said they used cow vaginas, but then attaches a video where they aren’t using cow vaginas.  Outside of this one “former” employee, there don’t seem to be any records of this–nor is a similar method seen in any other modern videos regarding semen collection from other animals.

    Then he says the trainers are clearly in shallow water, and that orcas leap out of the water to capture prey–in which case, it would make no difference whether they were in the water or not.  It’s really an entirely moot point.  The animals can be dangerous if you’re near them no matter where you are.  Nit-picking is pretty childish.

  • Jackson says:

    I dont see what is the problem here ?

    Possible danger to human beings or humans collecting semen from animals? Collecting semen is not harmful anyway, like most males,  they probably enjoy from it.

    It does make a difference whether they enter the  water,  swimming and diving or whether they are standing on some kind of platform which is partly under the water, as a matter of fact, in order to collect semen in any sensible way, you have to stand on a platform which is partly under the  water.

  • Topper says:

    You go Tommy!!! SeaWorld thrives on GREED… pure, simple & unadulterated. Orca’s aren’t designed to live in captivity & SeaWorld’s PR line about ANYTHING in their operation being “natural” is so much bunk!

  • tom moore says:

    Hat’s off to you Tommy.