Macy's Under Fire For SeaWorld Float at Thanksgiving Parade

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It's now just the recent Macy's racial profiling scandal that has that company under scrutiny. Now it's a SeaWorld float in next week's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The controversy surrounding the new film Blackfish, a documentary about the SeaWorld whale that killed a trainer in 2010, is not helping the company's cause.

Animal activists including PETA are protesting the float's inclusion. Its float, called "Sea of Surprises," commemorates the famous park's 50th anniversary.

A PETA rep says of the planned SeaWorld float, "It shows orcas swimming in a majestic sea alongside their families, and this couldn’t be further from the truth."

"SeaWorld deprives them of [this]. They confine them to concrete tanks and take them from their families. The picture that this float presents is absurdly false."

More than 78,000 people had emailed Macy's as of last Friday asking that the float be eliminated from the parade, according to the New York Times.

One high-profile opponent of the float (not just celebrity gossip photographers) is Alec Baldwin, who calls SeaWorld "a cruel prison for whales."

Macy's is unmoved, however. At least so far.

A spokesperson says the parade is "solely devoted to entertainment," and won't get involved in "social commentary, political debate, or other forms of advocacy."

Have you seen Blackfish? Did it change your opinion of these majestic creatures? And does it matter at all what Macy's does regarding SeaWorld?

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Lord people get involved in everything now and days .... I'm all for animals rights I LOVE animals ! They should be treated with respect ... At the same time we have world hunger , children starving and being abused , domestic violence and people are worried about a stupid float??? Jeez
You know I love sea world simply because I love seeing something powerful and learning about the animals I wouldn't be able to see otherwise and yes it saddens me deeply to see them in tiny cages... I wish they made them bigger and deeper ... At the same time what about other animals in cages ? Rabbits, BIRDS?! ... Don't you think it's sad that we cage birds that should fly free? , snakes, lizards, what about turtles?? If your going to go off to save one animal that isn't fighting whalers then you should think about the rest as well just me saying each their own .... But it's a float... We have other problems in this world

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Everyone need to find something better to do with there lives! Get over it people!

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I saw the movie Blackfish and its horrifing. Whales seriously being put in a 14x14 cement box thats 34 feet deep. The float should be removed from the parade. Seaword is curel to the whales and are willing to cover up the death and injuries of the trainers. It makes ne sick that Macys would even think and allow it. I would much rather go into the wild to see the whales where its safe then seeing them at seaword where there pissed off and hate everything and everyone!

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I saw the movie Blackfish and its horrifing. Whales seriously being put in a 14x14 cement box thats 34 feet deep. The float should be removed from the parade. Seaword is curel to the whales and are willing to cover up the death and injuries of the trainers. It makes ne sick that Macys would even think and allow it. I would much rather go into the wild to see the whales where its safe then seeing them at seaword where there pissed off and hate everything and everyone!

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No i did not see the movie...but any animal in captivity is wrong...these beautiful animals are born to be free...not put in a cement tank out of their natural enviroment....its not right...let them be free and the false advertising for sea world is just wrong....how would the owners of sea world like to be put in a cage for the rest of their lives....

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I'm definitely steering everyone I know away from Macy's. SeaWorld practices false imprisonment on intelligent, social, self-aware creatures. How would those people like it if someone treated them or their families the way they treat cetaceans?
Not only are SeaWorld's practices inhumane, but so is supporting companies that support and/or promote SeaWorld.

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Macy's, you suck. How could you sell out on the orca!

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I have cut up my Macy's card and will no longer shop there. their refusal to engage in "social commentary" is, in itself, social commentary.

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I, for one, will never have anything to do with Macy's again. The fact that they say "it's abiut entertainment" proves the points made in 'Blackfish.' SeaWorld claims it's educational but it's not...it's all about entertainment and how much money they can make using and abusing the Orcas and Dolphins.

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'Peta' again? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

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