Heart Axe SeaWorld Concert Amid 'Blackfish' Controversy

12/9/2013 2:51pm EST
Heart have become the latest musical act to pull out of a show at SeaWorld in Florida following pressure from animal rights campaigners.

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies recently cancelled 2014 shows at Orlando's attraction after new documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the struggle of captive killer whales, sparked a furor over alleged animal cruelty issues.

A number of petitions were set up urging artists to scrap planned shows at SeaWorld, and rock group Heart has now left the line-up.

Guitarist Nancy Wilson confirmed the news in a series of posts on her Twit...

Willie Nelson Axes SeaWorld Concert Over 'Scheduling Conflicts'

12/6/2013 1:35pm EST
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Willie Nelson has cancelled an upcoming performance at Florida's SeaWorld attraction following criticism from animal rights activists.

The country music legend was due to perform at the Orlando sea park next year as part of the venue's Bands, Brew & BBQ events, but organizers have now confirmed he has pulled out.

Nelson's cancellation has been blamed on "scheduling conflicts", according to SeaWorld bosses.

The news comes after animal rights crusaders launched a campaign to persuade Nelson to cancel the show, citing alleged animal cruelty issues which were brought to the surface in new...

Animal Rights Crusaders Slam Jamie Cullum For His Circus Concert

12/3/2013 3:20pm EST
Jamie Cullum
British musician Jamie Cullum has come under attack from animal rights activists after he played a show at the home of a controversial circus.

The 34 year-old Jazz star played to a sold-out crowd last month at the main venue of Circus Krone, one of Europe's largest circuses, which still includes 'performances' from an array of exotic animals, including big cats, elephants and monkeys.

The concert has infuriated officials at animal charities, who claim Cullum should have researched the venue's history before booking his concert.

Peter Hoffken, from People for the Ethical Treatment of A...

Morrissey Slams President Barack Obama Over Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

11/27/2013 8:50am EST
Morrissey has branded President Barack Obama "abysmal" for supporting the slaughter of 45 million turkeys for the nation's Thanksgiving celebrations.

The animal rights crusader has hit out at the American leader's administration ahead of the annual festivities on Thursday, slamming White House staff as "embarrassingly stupid" for holding a 'turkey pardon' when one bird is spared death on the President's orders.

In a statement, the former The Smiths star writes, "Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million bird...

Chrissie Hynde To Auction Off Q Award For Oragutan Charity

11/25/2013 11:27pm EST
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde is auctioning off the Q Award trophy she won last month to raise money for an orangutan charity.

The Pretenders frontwoman was crowned Classic Songwriter at the prizegiving in October, and now she has put her trophy up for sale on to aid organisers at The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS).

In a message posted on the auction website, Hynde writes, "As a patron of SOS, I am proud to support their crucial work to protect orangutans, majestic animals on the brink of extinction. The amazing rainforests of Sumatra are the only place in the world where orangutans, tigers...

Joan Jett Removed From Thanksgiving Parade Float Over Her Animal Rights Support

11/17/2013 3:04pm EST
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade organizers have bent to pressure and removed rocker Joan Jett from performing on the float representing the state of South Dakota.

Officials from local government and the agriculture community slammed plans for Jett to appear on the float promoting South Dakota and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial due to her longtime vegetarianism and outspoken support of animal-rights charities.

Some residents claimed her views clash with the opinions of the majority of those living in the state, where cattle farming is a key local industry.

Now Macy's bosses have deci...

Kellan Lutz Pens Letter In Support Of Crustacean Rights

11/7/2013 8:51am EST
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Kellan Lutz is fighting for the rights of crabs and lobsters after watching a PETA video featuring employees at a top Maine factory farm ripping the crustaceans apart, while they're still alive.

The Twilight star has sent a letter to the owner of Linda Bean's Maine Lobster, urging her to "stop the most egregious acts of cruelty to animals" at her Rockland slaughterhouse.

The video features footage of crabs and lobsters being dumped, still alive, into boiling water, while others are tossed in the trash to die slowly and painfully.

A spokesman for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment ...

PETA Slams Katy Perry Over Her 'Roar' Video

9/14/2013 4:04pm EDT
Katy Perry
International pop superstar Katy Perry has incurred the wrath of animal rights crusaders for featuring exotic animals in the video for her latest single Roar.

The 28 year-old singer is seen onscreen with animals including tigers and monkeys in the promo, and in one scene, she even appears to paint the toenails of an elephant with bright pink polish.

Perry has now been criticized by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who are furious with her decision to feature the creatures onscreen.

Spokeswoman Merrilee Burke tells Britain's Daily Star, "Animals used for en...

'Real Housewives Of Miami' Star Adriana De Moura Goes Nude For PETA

8/22/2013 7:31pm EDT
Adriana De Moura
Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana De Moura has taken it all off for a new PETA ad campaign to bring attention to marine animal captivity.

The new ad focuses on Lolita, a killer whale that has been living in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970.

De Moura and PETA are hoping to get the animal freed and returned to her native Puget Sound, Washington area wiht the campaign.

The new ad features Adriana naked and in a bathtub with the question, "Could you live in a bathtub for 40 years?" -- likening the experience to what Lolita is going through.

"Lolita has been stuck in a tiny t...

PETA Wants SeaWorld Scenes Cut From 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

8/20/2013 1:42pm EDT
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Honchos at PETA are calling on the producers of the sequel to legendary film Anchorman to edit out all scenes shot at SeaWorld as part of a protest against theme park owners.

The news comes just days after the creative team behind Pixar's Finding Dory changed the film's ending, cutting out SeaWorld scenes, after viewing hard-hitting documentary Blackfish, which details the alleged cruelty inherent in keeping marine mammals captive in tiny tanks.

PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders tells WENN, "The constant deprivation that marine mammals face at ...