Target: Jerry Rivera
Goal: Stand up for marine life by canceling scheduled concert at SeaWorld.
Salsa and Latin music performer Jerry Rivera is planning to perform at SeaWorld Orlando on April 16 for the park’s “Viva la Musica” concert series. This music festival is SeaWorld’s latest money-making ploy to save its nosediving brand, which is now associated worldwide with systematic cruelty. The idea is to divert attention from the fact that the whole SeaWorld enterprise is founded on the exploitation and suffering of marine animals. Don’t let them get away with it.
Good news came recently when SeaWorld announced that it would no longer breed orcas. This would never have happened without the massive backlash caused by the film Blackfish, a fantastic documentary that exposed SeaWorld as nothing more than a cruel prison for animals. The cessation of the orca-breeding program is a positive development; however, many animals—including orcas, beluga whales, dolphins and seals—are still held captive by the so-called amusement park, forced to live their lives in cramped tanks instead of the vast ocean where they belong.
The boycott of SeaWorld will not stop merely because they have ceased to breed orcas. It will continue until all of the sentient beings are released from confinement and sent to appropriate sanctuaries. With this in mind, events like the Viva la Musica music festival must be opposed. Thanks to the continued activism of organizations like PETA, several musicians have canceled performances at SeaWorld, including Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. Please sign the below petition urging Jerry Rivera to follow their humane example.
I am sorry to hear that you plan to perform a concert at SeaWorld on April 16. As millions of people now understand, to perform at SeaWorld is to support the abuse and neglect suffered by all the marine life held captive there.
SeaWorld is a nefarious company that profits from the exploitation of highly intelligent animals like orcas and dolphins. As the documentary film Blackfish revealed, the conditions in which these animals are forced to live and perform are deplorable, causing emotional and psychological distress, as well as significantly shortening their lifespans.
Surely, you do not endorse the exploitation and abuse of sentient beings, in which case it does not make sense for you to perform at SeaWorld. I respectfully urge you to cancel your scheduled concert and to furthermore help educate your audience about the park’s sordid enterprise.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Ary Ochoa