Heart's Ann Wilson Says SeaWorld Practicing 'Slavery'

Ann Wilson says that Heart pulled out of their upcoming show at SeaWorld because "what they do is slavery, plain and simple." Wilson's disapproval of SeaWorld emerged after viewing the documentary Black Fish, which details the life of an orca in captivity at the water park.

"Before seeing the movie, I always imagined the orcas got to live in a big extended oceanic area when they weren't performing, but they live in a steel swimming pool and it basically drives them insane," Wilson told Rolling Stone.

"I watched the documentary and could barely get through it," she continued. "It was so upsetting and heartbreaking."

SeaWorld has responded to the backlash by insisting that it does not mistreat its animals.

Regardless of its claims, a number of artists have decided to pass on playing at the Orlando park, including Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, REO Speedwagon, 38 Special and Martina McBride.

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