Stars Agree With Bob Barker: SeaWorld, See Misery

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Bob Barker

After the death of yet another orca trainer by frustrated, tormented Tillikum, retired Price Is Right host and outspoken animal defender Bob Barker issued a plea to SeaWorld to move Tillikum and its other imprisoned sea animals to sanctuaries.

Well, the list of celebrities speaking out against the use and abuse of orcas is starting to read like a Hollywood “Who’s Who” and includes the following stars:

  • PETA’s BFF, Pamela Anderson, linked her Twitter and Facebook fans to Bob’s plea.
  • America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon’s first tweet said “Killer whale kills again at Sea World! People need to stop messing with animals with the word ‘KILLER.'” His second? “Has anyone ever seen a Black Whale trainer? #wedontdothatsh!t.”
  • Avatar star Laz Alonso tweeted 20 times—and counting—calling for the release of imprisoned sea animals. He wrote, “Killer whales should not b in captivity & jumping around 4 ur selfish enjoyment …” and “God put that whale on this earth 2 swim freely & kill for food Not eat dead fish thrown at its mouth in exchange for splashing kids ….” He also tweeted, “We can enjoy nature without having to disturb, control, capture & confine 2 ‘closet space’ when it longs 4 freedom.”

(Laz, if you’re reading, we’d love to have you join our campaign to free whales. Call us.)

So, we’d like to know: How are you getting the word out about SeaWorld’s cruelty?

Written by Karin Bennett

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