Sunday, November 24, 2013

Barenaked Ladies Asked to Cancel Seaworld Performance, Drummer Responds


The popular Canadian band Barenaked Ladies have found themselves the subject of a new petition at Change.org.  The petition is for fans and anti captivity advocates to ask the band to cancel their planned upcoming performance at Seaworld in February.  The show is part of Seaworld's "Bands Brew & BBQ" concert series.  Fans are asking Barenaked Ladies to reconsider their choice of venue in light of all the information that is available about marine mammal captivity:

To:
Ed Robertson
Tyler Stewart
Kevin Hearn
Jim Creeggan
Barenaked Ladies 
We, your loyal fans and compassionate animal advocates alike, ask that you please reconsider your scheduled performance at Seaworld Orlando on February 15th 2014.

We have supported BNL from its most humble beginnings and continue to endorse you as honourable representatives of our fun, creative, compassionate and caring Canadian spirit; however we now ask that you please not support the cruelty that exists at captive marine mammal facilities.

We invite you to view the film Blackfish and learn how Seaworld and other captive display facilities such as Marineland in Niagara Falls (only 80 miles from your home town of Toronto) have for decades exploited marine mammals solely for profit. Orcas for example are highly intelligent and socially complex mammals who live in large family pods with bonds arguably stronger than it's human counterparts. They are magnificent wild animals that deserve their freedom in the ocean and not to be confined to a concrete box where they face unreasonable hardships for their life's entirety, until the day they die.

We believe BNL's intrinsic values are not aligned with a corporation like Seaworld or Marineland, and we have always appreciated BNL's thoughtful and progressive philosophies as both a group and individuals.

We encourage you to uphold these values in return for our utmost respect and continued devotion as one of Canada's most treasured exports.

Peace & Love

Your Fans


UPDATED:

News of the petition has already reached at least one of the Barenaked Ladies and the response from drummer Tyler Stewart via Twitter has been positive.  BNL Fan Ian Padley expressed disappointment with the band's announcement of their show at Seaworld and asked Stewart to watch the film Blackfish to learn why.  Stewart responded:

"Like you, we've seen the movie and were affected.  We're currently looking at options on how to proceed."



Anti-captivity advocate and BNL fan Mike Garrett, who began the petition was encouraged by Stewart's response:

"I'm really glad to hear Tyler has responded to the fans so soon, I hope arrangements can be made to perhaps play another venue in Orlando so fans in the area don't miss out.  Unethical companies like Seaworld or Marineland would be operations I would hope that BNL do not wish to be associated with."

The online petition is gathering steam and can be signed here.

UPDATE 2:
BNL Has cancelled their show at Seaworld.

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