“As New Yorkers and new parents, we were disappointed to learn that SeaWorld might appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” starts the letter from Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, to the CEO of Macy’s, Terry Lundgren. “Like most parents, we hope our child learns from the work of previous generations to minimize human and animal suffering.”
Baldwin then goes on to credit the documentary, Blackfish, with educating people on the plight of orcas in captivity, calling SeaWorld a “cruel prison for whales.”
“At least 35 orcas and dozens of dolphins have died prematurely at SeaWorld parks, which should not be celebrated with a giant Shamu float parading down 34th Street,” the Baldwins write. “Please don’t be a part of SeaWorld’s crisis-management plan.” The Baldwins kindly close the letter with their hope that Macy’s will cancel SeaWorld’s involvement in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
So far, it seems that Macy’s won’t budge. Despite receiving over 50,000 signatures, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (of which Baldwin is a member), to date the SeaWorld float remains in the parade line-up.
“Our newest float with SeaWorld is being included in the 2013 Parade line-up to illustrate the wonder of marine life in a manner that inspires millions to learn more about our oceans,” said a Macy’s spokesman one month ago. “While we understand that there may be differing views about this float, no other message or endorsement is intended.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from SeaWorld made the following statement last month: “At this moment, while PETA is busy planning their latest publicity stunt, dozens of rescued animals are being treated by SeaWorld staff in preparation for return to the wild—part of a program that has assisted more than 23,000 ill, orphaned and injured animals to date. We believe most Americans recognize that SeaWorld, not PETA, is the real animal welfare organization.”
If you’d like to let Macy’s now that you agree with the Baldwins and the 50,000 other people who have voiced their wish to see SeaWorld out of the parade, you can sign PETA’s action form here. You can also post your thoughts via Macy’s Facebook page and Twitter.
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