Walter Mencken 4 p.m., May 3
Tommy Lee Takes A Ride On The Whale-Side in Another Letter To SeaWorld
The killer whale wars between SeaWorld and drummer Tommy Lee continues. The feud has developed into an exchange of one angry letter after another between Lee and representatives from SeaWorld. Now Lee says he and representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will try to convince other rock bands to jump on board and not allow the amusement park to use their songs.
The dispute started after Lee sent a letter to Sea World San Diego president John Reilly objecting to the killer whale show, "Shamu Rocks." Lee said that loud rock music and marine animals who depend on sound to find food and communicate just isn't a good mix.
SeaWorld representative Fred Jacobs shot back with a letter of his own in which he addressed claims from PETA and Lee that loud rock shows harm whales, especially those in captivity.
"PETA is wrong concerning the effect of music on SeaWorld’s killer whales," reads the response from SeaWorld's Fred Jacobs to the NY Post. "...[We] have never played a Mötley Crüe song in any Shamu show, nor will we. I can assure you the volume of music played during parts of our killer-whale shows poses no risk at all to our animals."
Yesterday, Lee responded to Jacobs in a letter posted on PETA's website.
"Thanks for the expected lame corporate response which avoids the issue at hand. PETA’s SeaWorld campaign and my letter are based on science from the [United Nations] wildlife panel and an [National Resources Defense Council] study on how loud noises are tortuous to marine mammals, especially captive ones. SeaWorld won’t address the issue of noise torture because you can’t defend it. I’m glad to know “Shamu Rocks” doesn’t feature any Mötley Crüe music; PETA members are now monitoring the sad shows to see which bands are featured so that those bands can learn about this issue too."
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