Joan Jett Criticizes Seaworld For Marine Animal Sexual Abuse
Joan Jett has crashed the SeaWorld’s virtual annual shareholders meeting this Monday to protest the sexual abuse happening during the forced breeding of the whales and dolphins in the park.
The rocker appeared virtually on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and called out the company to end the breeding program she described as “repulsive and indefensible.”
Jett’s statement reads:
“SeaWorld has caused public outrage by continuing to forcibly breed bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales in order to create generations of animals who then suffer in cramped tanks, deprived of any semblance of a natural life.
“In the park’s breeding program, unwilling female dolphins are taken from the water and sometimes even drugged so they can’t fight back while SeaWorld staff thrust tubes filled with semen into their uteruses. Some must endure this process repeatedly, only for their babies to die or be taken away and shipped off to other marine prisons.
“We can all agree that sexually abusing dolphins and whales who must carry out their forced pregnancies is disrespectful to these forms of intelligent life, heedless of these wonderful animals’ rights, and just plain wrong. My question is this: When will SeaWorld end its sordid breeding program?”
This wasn’t the first time Jett protested about SeaWorld. In 2013, she once hit the park with a cease and desist order back for their use of “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” during a recurring Shamu show. She also rallied for PETA or the rights of animals before. She hasn’t worn leather for several years and says she maintains a “nearly vegan diet.”
According to PETA, Jett is not the only artist against the inhumane practices at SeaWorld. She joins a long list of celebrities, including P!nk, Noah Cyrus, Bella Thorne and Steve Aoki, who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against cruel marine parks.
Meanwhile, Jett will be on the road all summer with Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison.