According to Monsters and Critics.com
, Lee was "enraged" when he heard that the marine mammal park wanted to use his songs in the new Shamu show and pulled the plug.
In a letter to San Diego SeaWorld President, John T. Reilly, Lee said:
I'm writing to ask you not to play any Motley Crue's songs at any of SeaWorld's parks during this sad show.
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.
It isn't the first letter Lee has written to SeaWorld in regard to it orcas.
In a letter sent to SeaWorld Orlando in 2010, Lee also addressed the practice of killer whale artificial insemination at the park. The correspondence was issued in response to Tim Zimmermann's spectacular expose, "The Killer in the Pool
," published at Outdoor Magazine
in July 2010. According to Zimmermann, a former SeaWorld San Diego scientist, John Hall, revealed how:
Early in the morning, the animal-care crew would take hot-water-filled cow vaginas and masturbate the males in the back tanks.
The issue enraged Lee to the point that he sent a scathing missive
to the park's director. "Even in my wildest days with Motley Crue," Lee said, "I never could've imagined something so sick and twisted."
According to Zimmermann in this piece
at Huff Post, "SeaWorld long ago gave up using cow vaginas to assist their bull orcas to a happy ending, and it could be that they were in fact using artificial vaginas." But even though the use of cow vaginas for orca stimulation was hotly contested
by the entertainment facility, the act itself wasn't:
The "Shamu Rocks" show, involves orcas performing "to sizzling rock and roll music, along with dazzling lighting effects and breathtaking multimedia elements," says SeaWorld
. But from now on, it will go ahead without music from Motley Crue.
Perhaps SeaWorld should consider using Queen's, "I Want to Break Free" instead?