Despite receiving letters from PETA pointing out that SeaWorld cruelly denies orcas everything that is natural and important to them, the producers of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still plan to feature SeaWorld in the upcoming film. Please urge Anchorman 2 producers to follow the lead of the filmmakers of Pixar’s Finding Dory—who changed the film’s ending after viewing the hard-hitting documentary Blackfish and learning about the cruelty inherent in keeping intelligent marine mammals captive in tiny tanks—and remove all scenes shot at the theme park from the film.
“The constant deprivation that orcas face at SeaWorld is suited to a horror film, not a comedy,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “Finding Dory changed its ending after learning how cruel SeaWorld is, and PETA is calling on Anchorman 2 to do the same—and leave all SeaWorld scenes on the cutting room floor, where they belong.”
In the wild, orcas share intricate relationships with their family members and swim as many as 100 miles every day with their pods. At SeaWorld, orcas continually swim in circles in small concrete tanks, which, in human terms, are equivalent to the size of a bathtub, and are also forced to perform circus-style tricks for food. As Blackfish reveals, this constant deprivation leads the orcas to lash out: SeaWorld lists more than 100 incidents of orca aggression—including injuries to trainers and one’s death—in its own incomplete records.
The creative team at Pixar responsible for changing Finding Dory’s ending reportedly told Blackfish’s director that “they didn’t want to look back on this film in 50 years and have it be their Song of the South“—a reference to the 1940s Disney film now widely regarded as racist.
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