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by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Film/TV
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“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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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, ForksOverKnives.com, 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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  • Gina Christopher

    SeaWorld sucks and so does Macy’s. They will get no business or respect from me!

  • Dan Wiberg

    There are benefits to places like Sea World. Sea World introduces these animals to the world. Without the TV show ‘Flipper,’ how many people would have cared so much for dolphins? Orcas would be seen much more like sharks if not for places like Sea World.

    • Zorg

      Dan- that’s bullshit. The guy who trained the dolphins for flipper now speaks out against places like Seaworld. They do far more harm than good. People can watch a documentary or see photos of these animals. Places like Seaworld are only about making money for a very few people (the owners of Seaworld) while exploiting these animals and teaching kids that captivity, consumerism and human superiority over nature (thus privilege) is a good thing rather than teaching us humility, compassion and to really understand nature and science.

    • concernedcitizen

      ‘Flipper’ is the reason masses of dolphins are being killed in Japan. Watch “The Cove”. Flipper was the show that started it all. And the dolphin from Flipper became so depressed that she eventually gave up on life. I got my love of animals from documentaries on Animal Planet in which animals were observed IN THE WILD, not from watching them do silly stunts in captivity. SeaWorld’s rehabilitation activities are funded almost entirely by donations, so why do they need parks? The only reason they have Shamu shows and whatnot is to make a profit, not for the good of the animals. If they shut down their parks and focuses solely on animal rehabilitation, that would be wonderful and I’m positive that they could do it completely off of donations as a non-profit organization. Unfortunately there isn’t billions of dollars in that so they won’t do it. Don’t believe their lies.

    • Dingosbaby

      OMG really?

      • Zorg

        Dingosbaby- Yes. Watch the documentary The Cove.

      • Dingosbaby

        That was a sarcastic “really” in response to the comment above.

  • Maleficent

    Nice to see a celebrity involved in this campaign!

  • Dingosbaby

    Sea World should by all means continue to rescue and rehab marine life and animals — but stop the damn orca and dolphin shows. I’d be more interested in seeing the rescue/rehabs than sitting my ass in a bleacher watching some orca show and getting my entertainment spoon fed to me. Sea World’s arrogance is pretty disgusting. Anyone who goes to Sea World while they continue keeping orcas and dolphins in captivity and forcing them to perform, is a mindless idiot with no imagination on how to keep their kids entertained and educated.

  • Milca

    Thank you Alec Baldwin to join us in this fight! The world needs to change… and it is… slowly… but eventually public opinion will follow massively! Macy’s and the like will drown sooner or later…

  • LurkyMcLurker

    ““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.”

    That’s not bad compared to the thousands of animals that die at the PETA facility. Have people already forgotten when PETA employees were caught killing and dumping the bodies of healthy puppies, dogs, cats and kittens in a grocery store dumpster, and then PETA defended their employees in court?

    “I got my love of animals from documentaries on Animal Planet in which animals were observed IN THE WILD”

    Sorry to ruin the illusion for you, but many animal documentaries are made using captive “wild” animals.

  • Lee

    Look – this is almost as bad as what Japan does in the Cove and the Pacific Ocean. In fact, wouldn’t surprise me if some of the animals Japan pulls out of the oceans ends up in American aquariums. Sad, Disgusting.