15 August 2012
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News: Tommy Lee

Mötley Crüe man slates SeaWorld for torturing whales with his music, Seaworld's all 'WTF' about it

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IT’S a sad fact that animals have been and still are subjected to all sorts of testing, often ethically questionable, before cosmetic products and medication can be deemed safe for human use.

Thankfully, as of this week, there is one less thing that animals can be cruelly exposed to — Tommy Lee.

The Mötley Crüe drummer sent a letter (in Papyrus font, for that authentic handwritten look) to American theme park chain SeaWorld denouncing the playing of Mötley Crüe’s music as torture to animals.

“Although we like to torture the human fans who willingly come to our shows, we don’t want to be a part of making innocent animals’ lives hellish” he explains in the PETA-backed letter addressed to SeaWorld’s President, John T. Reilly.

Lee also admits to having given up chasing the whale demographic, adding that: “Whales are not head-bangers, so stop cranking the music and take one small step toward improving their welfare.”

A SeaWorld representative, Fred Jacobs, responded to the allegations by stating that “We have never played a Mötley Crüe song in any Shamu [Rocks, a killer whale show hosted by the centre], nor will we,” before also addressing the issue of music in general, “I can assure you the volume of music played during parts of our killer whale shows poses no risk at all to our animals.”

Although “glad to know Shamu Rocks doesn’t feature any Motley Crue music,” Lee was nevertheless adamant that “SeaWorld won’t address the issue of noise torture because you can’t defend it.”

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