by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Events.

For many families, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a part of their traditional Thanksgiving celebration. More than 44 million people of all ages tune in to watch the celebrity appearances, music performances, and of course, the elaborate floats and balloons. For the 2013 parade, SeaWorld is on the roster of participants, and PETA are hoping to change Macy’s mind.

Following the international release of the documentary, “Blackfish,” people around the world are learning about the realities of SeaWorld and other marine parks. SeaWorld has a long history of animal neglect, starting from the moment these animals are pulled from the oceans, to teaching them unnecessary circus tricks. PETA’s call to action states:

“SeaWorld keeps intelligent, social ocean animals such as whales and dolphins in pitifully small tanks. In the wild, dolphins swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean, but captive dolphins are confined to small tanks in which the reverberations from their sonar bounce off the walls, driving them insane… According to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food from animals who refuse to perform is a common training method, and because of the intense boredom and aggression caused by captivity, orcas gnaw on the metal gates and concrete corners of the tanks and damage their teeth.

“SeaWorld and other marine parks are not educational. Instead, they teach people that it is acceptable to imprison animals, deprive them of their freedom of movement, forbid them the chance to establish a natural territory and explore, breed and separate them as we please, and watch them go insane from boredom and loneliness.”

Should that be a part of anyone’s holiday tradition? Is animal cruelty something to be thankful for? If you’d like Macy’s to cancel SeaWorld’s float in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can click here and sign a message to Macy’s CEO stating that you want compassion, not cruelty, celebrated in the annual parade.

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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