Part-time felon and animal rights activist Tommy Lee has written to SeaWorld on behalf of its captive killer whales. Protesting as part of a PETA campaign to save the whales in more general terms, Lee implores John T Reilly, president of the San Diegan SeaWorld oceanarium, to stop playing Motley Crue’s ‘Shamu Rocks’ – or any of the band’s catalogue – during SeaWorld’s live orca shows. Apparently, the track’s 90 decibel noise-levels are “too loud and nerve-racking”, and disrupt the animals’ sensitive sonar, thus distressing the whales. And no one wants that.
Lee writes: “Although we like to torture the human fans who willingly come to our shows, we don’t want to be a part of making innocent animals’ lives hellish. Whales are not head-bangers, so stop cranking the music and take one small step toward improving their welfare”.
It’s not Lee’s first letter to SeaWorld. Back in 2010, he wrote asking the Florida branch to stop collecting semen from one of its killer whales using “a cow’s vagina filled with hot water”, noting that “even during my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could have imagined something so sick and twisted”.