(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Celebrities are saying thanks, but no thanks to SeaWorld. Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride are just a few of the stars to cancel their shows due to issues raised by the SeaWorld documentary Blackfish. The film exposes the tragic circumstances around the 2010 killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by one of the park’s orcas, and condemns the cruelties killer whales endure living in captivity.
These animal-friendly stars pulled out of SeaWorld’s 2014 “Bands, BBQ & Brew” concert series amid pressure from fans who started online petitions demanding they cancel their performance at the Florida marine park. In response, SeaWorld continues to deny any animal mistreatment and invited the stars to come to the park to see for themselves. So far, it doesn’t look like any of the performers have taken them up on the offer.
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