Matt Damon Hopes SeaWorld Is Closed After Trainer's Death

February 27, 2010 06:27:08 GMT

Following the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, Matt Damon thinks that SeaWorld should just be shut down, revealing he has 'never been a fan of places like that.'

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Hollywood star Matt Damon has thrown his support behind a campaign to close down SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida after the tragic death of a killer whale trainer at the theme park on Wednesday, February 24. Dawn Brancheau, 40, was killed by orca Tilikum during a show with the mammal at the city's SeaWorld aquarium.

Animal rights campaigners at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have teamed up with U.S. showbiz veteran Bob Barker to write to SeaWorld owners The Blackstone Group and appeal for the closure of the complex. In his letter to Blackstone boss Hamilton James, Barker wrote, "The death of (the) trainer at SeaWorld did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again."

"I urge you to make (a) humane move now and to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries. This is not the first time that a trainer has been seized, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held down to drown. I cannot imagine what the sight of such a hideous event would do to a child in the audience...The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for animals held there."

Damon has now voiced his shock at the trainer's "horrible" death, insisting all marine mammal parks like SeaWorld should be "shut down" altogether. He tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "I think they should just shut them all down. I've never been a fan of places like that."


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posted by forSeaWorld on Jul 20, 2010
Okay, Matt Damon, would you have Hollywood stop making movies because someone gets hurt doing a stunt? Would you petition for all of America's skate parks to be closed because a child goes to the hospital? I agree with Ramubay, if someone is going to be for or against something of this magnitude, they should know what they are talking about. And for those who are "for this cause" of shutting down the SeaWorld parks, know this, these are animals who have been rescued and are beyond hope of being released into the wild. The "transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries" is preparing them for release back into the wild. If you take a look at the SeaWorld Conservation teams that work all over the world, you'd see that they do NOT keep every animal. They are not being mistreated, treated like slaves, nor are they "show buffoons," to them, this is what they do. If the park closed because of one tragedy, then we are saying to the upcoming generations "if something that is horrible happens, just stop what you're doing and don't try and move on." My regards to the family of the trainer, but if she dedicated her life to the whales at SeaWorld Orlando, then I don't think that she would have wanted it to close. I think that people need to know what they are talking about, and think, before they speak/act on anything.
posted by Lorrigrrl on Mar 01, 2010
The hatred here is ridiculous! For God's sake people!...wake up and educate yourselves before you type! C'mon now....this is the hatred that f's up the world we live in! Matt Damon, Thank you so much for helping! These poor voiceless mammals need every possible voice to help them!
posted by beezal on Feb 28, 2010
I Agree with the shutting down of all USA seaparks not because matt damon is behind this cause. If you truly knew what happens in these sea theme parks is seriously sick, disgusting, and horrible for any wild animal to be treated like a "trained slave" is awful taking any animal from there natural habitat should be a crime against. If you ever have the time watch, "Dolphin Cove"
posted by meanhe on Feb 27, 2010
WAY TO GO MATT!!! i believe that the poor animals are being mistreated it is a tragedy that the trainer got killed but its not the whales fault it was doing what is does naturally put the poor whales in the ocean and leave them alone
posted by what tha on Feb 27, 2010
Damon is a tool. We should ban all damon movies because of the excessive violence
posted by hatemattdamon on Feb 27, 2010
it's nonsence who would want to shut dowm ALL the marine mammel parks, i think i'm gonna start disliking matt damon for this
posted by Nancy C-P on Feb 27, 2010
I think Matt Damon should be put to death because I've never been a fan of his either. In fact I can think of several people who have killed themselves because they couldn't stand his movies. Many people suggest that Damon is another word for Demon. Probably so. Therefore we should put an end to this madness and sentence Matt Damon to death. Please sign my petition to exterminate Matt Damon for the welfare and future of all mankind. Thank you.
posted by Ramubay on Feb 27, 2010
Let Matt Damon get a doctorate in Animal Science and then I might consider listening to what he has to say, otherwise he is no more legit on this subject than he is someone who practices law, medicine or architecture without a license. He's barely smart enough to be an actor, that's all.
posted by stfumattdamon on Feb 27, 2010
Just retarded. Accidents happen, so now according to him, children of the future should not be allowed to visit historic theme parks that are part of their parent's childhood memories.
posted by yournumberonefan on Feb 27, 2010
sorry, I meant 'marine mammel parks FAN'... I left out 'fan', he obviously isnt a marine mammel park!
posted by yournumberonefan on Feb 27, 2010
Matt Damon is not a marine mammel parks, they should all be shut down. He also dislikes Diet Coke, 50/50 poly/cotton blend t-shirts, and Pez Dispensers, he is calling for a global ban / boycott on those as well.

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