The floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade should celebrate magic, joy, fun, surprise. But Macy’s is adding a float from SeaWorld this year, a float that reminds us of tragedy, sadness, and death.
Forcing animals, such as dolphins and whales, for example, to live in concrete pools their entire, and most often abbreviated, lives is inhumane.
These animals are often captured in an extremely violent and cruel manner. Many are either killed or injured during the capture process and others die before reaching their destination. Those animals who do survive are subjected to a lifetime of confinement, unable to express normal behaviors or interact socially, and are subject to diseases and illnesses brought on by their unnatural surroundings.
Ultimately, many of these wild animals are, in reality, subservient and apathetic creatures. It is in depriving these sentient animals of their homes and natural lives and in forcing them to participate in unnatural behaviors that we in the humane world object to.
If you want to see the magic of Macy’s continue, then send a note to the CEO letting him know SeaWorld has no place in the joy that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Terry J. Lundgren, CEO
7 W 7th St #10
Cincinnati, OH 45202