Target: Steven Dunn, Munchkin CEO
Goal: Support and applaud Munchkin toys for all their support in freeing captive whales.
Munchkin, a major international toy maker, made a huge decision and decided to stop selling one of their most popular toys. This toy is a rubber orca bath toy. The company made this decision because “a bathtub just isn’t big enough for an orca.”
In addition to ending the sale of the orca toy, Munchkin will be giving 100 percent of their proceeds to Whale and Dolphin Conservation through November 16. The company even started selling shirts for people who don’t have children they would buy toys for. As if this wasn’t enough, CEO Steven Dunn told SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby that if Tillikum was brought to a sanctuary Dunn would give $1 million to the sanctuary.
Orcas in the wild will swim up to 100 miles a day and dive depths of 600 feet. At SeaWorld, an orca would have to swim the perimeter of the tank 1,208 times to reach 100 miles. In addition, lifespans are drastically shortened when confined to SeaWorld’s tanks. The average life span of a wild orca is 30 to 50 years, however the average at SeaWorld is 13 years.
Sign this letter and thank Mr. Dunn and his company for all their hard work in helping captive orcas. They are showing the world what it means to be a conscious and responsible company.
Dear Mr. Steven Dunn,
Recently your company, Munchkin, made a huge statement by taking your top-selling rubber orca bath toy off shelves. Your reason for doing this is because “a bathtub just isn’t big enough for an orca.” In addition to taking the orca toy off shelves, you have committed to giving 100 percent of the proceeds you make through November 16 to Whale and Dolphin Conservation. As if this wasn’t enough, you personally told SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby that you would give $1 million to a sanctuary if SeaWorld released Tillikum.
As you know, orcas in the wild can swim up to 100 miles a day and dive to depths of 600 feet. In order to swim 100 miles at SeaWorld, an orca would have to swim the perimeter of the tank 1,208 times. Orcas should not be confined to a life like this.
You are setting a standard of excellence for other companies to follow. You are showing the world that you are a successful company who has not lost its ethics. It is great to hear about companies like yours. Thank you so much for all the work and efforts you are putting into helping captive whales.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Center for Whale Research