A few days ago, renown drummer Tommy Lee joined green-oriented organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in the latter's efforts to put an end to SeaWorld's habit of playing really loud and really aggressive music during their Shamu Rocks shows.
To be more precise, what Tommy Lee wants is that the zoological park gives up on playing Motley Crue songs in the background of killer whales performing various tricks.
Apparently, his demand stems from the fact that both the volume of the music and the 'aggressive' nature of some of the tunes have severe negative impacts on the animals' psychological wellbeing.
Contact Music reports that, faced with these accusations, SeaWorld fights back, arguing that neither have they ever played a Motley Crue song during their killer whale shows, nor is the music so loud that the animals might be harmed by it.
Speaking on behalf of SeaWorld, representative Fred Jacobs stated loud and clear that, “We have never played a Motley Crue song in any Shamu show, nor will we.”
Moreover, “I can assure you the volume of music played during parts of our killer whale shows poses no risk at all to our animals.”
The same source informs us that the news that SeaWorld is not using Motley Crue songs in their performances did help Tommy Lee ease up a bit, but that he stands by this decision to put an end to such shows on account of their being “tortuous to marine mammals, especially captive ones.”
“I'm glad to know Shamu Rocks doesn't feature any Motley Crue music; PETA members are now monitoring the sad shows to see which bands are featured so that those bands can learn about this issue too,” he further added.
Given the fact that the music played during SeaWorld's Shamu Rocks performances is also coupled with bright lights and a not-so-quiet audience, Tommy Lee and PETA's claims might need to be given due consideration as soon as possible.
If you want to catch a glimpse into what Shamu Rocks shows are all about, you can watch the video below.