Barbie's got a new job…but unfortunately, it's not too fair to sea life, especially whales.
Mattel has partnered with SeaWorld to release a Barbie doll that is a whale trainer.
And this does not sit well with PETA.
PETA has sent a letter to Mattel, highlighting how abusive SeaWorld and whale training is to their animals.
In the letter to Mattel, PETA asks for a more realistic approach to the doll:
[C]hildren were traumatized when they witnessed Tilikum pull trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater and kill her by thrashing her into the walls of the tank, separating her scalp and pulling her arm out of its socket.
This was that particular orca's third human killing. Orcas in captivity are held prisoner in tiny concrete tanks, deprived of all that is natural to them.
They suffer from extreme physical and psychological distress and what has been described as rage and frustration over their unnatural confinement and loss of family and all freedom.
If you continue this partnership with SeaWorld, the doll should be made more realistic: It should have detachable limbs and be black and blue.
Will Mattel listen and stop the Barbie from being produced?
Or will Barbie risk her life by playing with toy whales?
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