Twelve-year-old activist takes on SeaWorld again
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 10:49 AM -
A twelve-year-old activist first made the headlines when she jumped the barricade at the Macy's Day Parade to protest a SeaWorld.
And now she's ready to do the same at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
The parade is a New Year's Day tradition and involves beautiful floats mostly made from dyed flowers.
But Rose McCoy, the young activist, is one of many PETA members that are in The Golden State to bring attention to the issues being raised about SeaWorld and their orca exhibits.
The issue was the focus of the documentary Blackfish. The film looked at the history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.
The documentary has been a PR nightmare for SeaWorld as several artists canceled performances at the park after the documentary aired on CNN in October.
We've talked things over, and decided not to play at Seaworld at this time. Please see all details here: https://t.co/SLz1LUp7Nf— Barenaked Ladies (@barenakedladies) November 28, 2013
Schools have also canceled trips to the park after the controversy arose.
SeaWorld posted a response to the documentary, as well as commenting on the change.org campaigns that began to appear. "This is a co-ordinated campaign of digital harassment and does not in any sense represent the opinions of the American public," the company said of the online petitions. "A far better measure is the number of people actually coming to SeaWorld."
SeaWorld Zoo Vice President tells what Blackfish ignores. Learn more https://t.co/51Xxdv1bTu— SeaWorld (@SeaWorld) October 25, 2013