-- Joan Jett has joined a growing list of music artists who are protesting what they consider the inhumane treatment of orcas, aka killer whales, trained to perform at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, and other marine-themed attractions. PETA.org reports that the rock veteran has served SeaWorld with a "cease and desist" order after discovering that the park was using her hit song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" without authorization at the beginning of its "Shamu Rocks" show.
The outcry was spurred by revelations brought to light in the recent documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the apparent adverse effects of keeping large aquatic mammals in captivity. In a letter emailed to SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison, Jett writes, "I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals. These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined."
Joan adds, "If I don't receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you'll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks."
Jett, a long time supporter of animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also labeled the "Shamu Rocks" show "cruel and abusive," and called for SeaWorld to release its captive killer whales to sanctuaries where "they can live out their lives with other orcas in nature."
Other musicians who have taken action against SeaWorld include Heart, Willie Nelson and The Barenaked Ladies, who all canceled planned concerts at the venue. In addition, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee prohibited SeaWorld from using his band's music in the "Shamu Rocks" show last year.
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