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Tommy Lee: Shamu Rocks? SeaWorld Sucks!

Written by Michelle Kretzer | August 10, 2012

Tommy Lee might be one of the “bad boys of rock,” but he’s always good to animals. While on tour in Southern California, the upside-down drummer flipped right side up to tell SeaWorld San Diego that it wasn’t welcome to use his music at its “Shamu Rocks” shows. During these shows, sound-sensitive captive orcas are forced to perform while rock music blasts through the tank and lights flash all around them.


In a letter penned on PETA’s behalf to SeaWorld San Diego President John T. Reilly, Tommy wrote:

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. I’ve learned from my friends at PETA that these marine animals are very sensitive to sound, as they communicate by sonar, and loud noises mess with their most basic instincts and drive them more nuts than they already are when trapped in your tanks.

Tommy noted that while all of SeaWorld’s captive animals should be released to sanctuaries, the least the park can do is spare orcas from being forced to perform while loud music terrifies and confuses them. To find out more about how orcas suffer in the tanks at SeaWorld, check out David Kirby’s new book Death at SeaWorld

Collapsed dorsal fins are rarely seen in the wild, and when they do occur in the wild, it’s usually only in orcas who are injured or ill.
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You don’t have to be a rock star to be a rock star for animals. Tell Reilly to stop tormenting orcas and cancel the “Shamu Rocks” shows.

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  • Tina Dior says:

    Thanks for caring for the Orca’s So many celebrities only think about themselves or the money they are making. Thanks for caring for someone that can give nothing in return.

  • Love it, more and more people are standing up and being heard for sea creatures, and animals,

  • Julia says:

    so wonderful that all these rock bands and singers are boycotting seaworld….the word is spreading fast how shocking these marine parks are for these beautiful helpless animals ….so cruel so wrong….all for the big dollar……..the more aware people are of what really goes on behind the scenes in these sad places the more chance there is for these animals to be set free. They have been cruely stolen from the ocean and their families have been slaughtered….they are very lonely sad animals….keep up the fight for them….

  • Jim Hart says:

    Tommy YOU ROCK! I bet the Orca end up in a sanctuary because of this. Rockers pulling together to be protectors of the voiceless. Rock On man, I promise that I’ll buy more of your music now instead of downloading it. How about starting a petition to no longer allow horses to be transported to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption? They want to open a horse slaughter plant in Roswell New Mexico. This is as inhumane as the cove in Japan. It is murder.

  • Bianhka says:

    Makes me sick, you wouldn’t do this to humans why do it to these beautiful beings

  • Abby says:

    Kudos for Tommy Lee, Another advocate defending the speachless inocent animals. One small step for humans.

  • Odalis Gonzalez says:

    I had no idea the music was so loud that it hurts the orcas causing them so much distress. You don’t see Disney blasting music through their Animal Kingdom Parks. They even close this park early at 7pm & they do not perform any shows with loud noises. It’s a peaceful place for the animals. Take notes Seaworld

  • Marie Gil says:

    Stop making money on innocent animals, these poor mammals need to be released into freedom! Stop your greed, let them all go!