Daughtry, Chris Young, and Others Blasted for Planned Shows at SeaWorld

PETA Urges Musicians to Cancel Concerts at Abusement Park

For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – PETA is calling on the musicians scheduled to perform at SeaWorld’s upcoming Seven Seas Food Festival—including Daughtry, the Eli Young Band, The Jacksons, Larry the Cable Guy, Huey Lewis and the News, and Chris Young—to pull out of the event and cut ties with the abusement park altogether.

“Only someone with a heart of ice would endorse SeaWorld’s animal prisons,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA advises these performers to skip this sad spectacle or risk hemorrhaging fans just as SeaWorld is hemorrhaging visitors.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that 40 orcas, more than 300 other dolphins and whales, and approximately 450 seals, sea lions, and walruses have died on SeaWorld’s watch. The company has laid off nearly 1,000 employees in recent years and is facing declining attendance numbers and revenue, a class-action lawsuit by investors, a consumer-protection lawsuit by visitors, and a criminal fraud investigation.

Past musicians who’ve axed shows at SeaWorld include the Barenaked Ladies, Martina McBride, and Willie Nelson, while Tommy Lee has demanded that Mötley Crüe music not be used in the park’s shows and Morrissey’s band wore “SeaWorld Sucks” T-shirts while performing in San Diego. Other celebrities who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the company include Jessica Biel, Lily Tomlin, Krysten Ritter, Kathy Najimy, and Noah Cyrus.

For more information, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

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