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SeaWorld -- We DON'T Use Cow Vaginas!

12/8/2010 4:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

SeaWorld is finally lashing back at Tommy Lee -- claiming the rocker's allegation that the park uses cow vaginas to "masturbate" their killer whales for sperm collection is "beyond ludicrous."

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A rep for SeaWorld tells us, "If Mr. Lee’s information on Tilikum and SeaWorld’s artificial insemination program for killer whales comes from PETA we’re not surprised that it’s wrong.  PETA is as careless with facts as they are extreme in their views."

As we first reported, Lee had fired off a letter to SeaWorld demanding they release Tilikum the orca back into the wild. In his letter, Lee also stated that he learned the "sick and twisted" info about the cow vaginas from SeaWorld's own director of safety.

But the SeaWorld rep notes, "The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn’t differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species for zoological display."

"Contrary to the charges made by PETA and repeated in Lee’s letter, our trainers do not now nor have they ever entered the water with Tilikum for this purpose.  The safety of SeaWorld staff and the welfare of our animals are our highest priorities."

The rep adds, "Whatever his views on SeaWorld, Mr. Lee would be wise to spend more time checking his facts.



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76.

JaeMarie    

tl;dr

Forgive me if this was pointed out, but is Tommy Lee aware of the fact that female whales are called cows?

Sounds like they were using appropriate equipment to me *shrug*.

1310 days ago
77.

Just Sayin...    

Til i kum...

1310 days ago
78.

I care    

I am on the side of teaching youngsters about the wild from those animals already in the wild. A whale in a tank is wrong and cruel and I think more and more people, whether right, left, young, old, PETA or not, come to this conclusion.

And Mark, I shudder to think if you have children.

1310 days ago
79.

Raejean    

Just because Tommy Lee has grown accustomed to cow vaginas doesn't mean that everyone goes for them.

1310 days ago
80.

NoBreederRat    

Okaaay. I'll take "What is Horse Vagina"??

1310 days ago
81.

NoBreederRat    

Yeah. Yeah. I'm gonna go with that. Horse vagina. Final answer.

1310 days ago
82.

Sally    

Tommy should stick with his core competencies, i.e., drugs and women - in that order!

1310 days ago
83.

SetTilikumFREE    

The main point is, Tilikum is being DENIED a life. He is merely a SLAVE and "sperm bank", EXACTLY what Tommy Lee said. He is sad, angry and worst of all LONELY from having ZERO contact with other whales. You *super intelligent* people who have nothing of SUBSTANCE to say (ie: bashing Pam, showing the world just how *sharp* and angry you are), should do a little RESEARCH and find out how marine mammals interact in the wild, how their lives are SUPPOSED to be. Really, being stupid should hurt.

1310 days ago
84.

TMP    

PETA is a joke. They call themselves a rescue when all they do is accept money from celebrities and then use the money to spread LIES. In 2009 PETA's main shelter in Virgina PUT DOWN 90% of the animals that it took in because it's cheaper to kill them than take care of them, get them shots and adopt them out. They also spent over 3 million dollars on propaganda telling little kids that if their fathers FISH, to keep them away from their pets cause they wouldn't blink to kill their dogs or cats!!! WTF?


Tommy Lee, Pam Lee and most other PETA celebs will repeat whatever PETA says regardless of whether or not they even know if it's true. PETA members spend more time protesting EVERYTHING than checking their facts so most of the time they just end up looking like a bunch of crazy extremist. Case in point: PETA (and it's members) protesting shooting for "The Perfect Storm" firing off letters to George Cloony telling him he was a murderer...WHY.. because of the FISH they caught in the movie. Turns out the fish were made of RUBBER. Rubber fish 1, PETA 0.

Fools.

1310 days ago
85.

TMP    

Also, do you people not realize that most animals kept in captivity live a better life than you do? There have been cases where the animals were abused.. but that's not a common thing in zoos and aquariums. They get vet care, food all the time, interaction with others of their kind. I've read before that if an animal is in captivity for more than two years, the chances of it being able to survive in the wild are nill. The animal doesn't know HOW to be a wild animal. I don't know how long they've had this whale, but there was an organization here in NY not that long ago that was FORCED to put one of it's sea lions back in the wild. They tagged it to keep an eye on it. They went out to check on it after six months and realized that it had no idea how to hunt in the wild and was basically beginning to starve to death.

1310 days ago
86.

SetTilikumFREE    

Dear "TMP",

you write: "Tommy Lee, Pam Lee and most other PETA celebs will repeat whatever PETA says regardless of whether or not they even know if it's true."

HOW INTERESTING THAT YOU DO THE SAME THING FROM "WHAT YOU READ"
"Fool"

you write: "Also, do you people not realize that most animals kept in captivity live a better life than you do?"

DO *YOU* REALIZE ANIMALS ENSLAVED IN CAPTIVITY HAVE TO BE GIVEN ANTIDEPRESSANTS, JUST TO EMOTIONALLY SURVIVE EACH DAY?
imagine -- if you have children -- someone busting inside your home and ripping you babies from your arms and you *NEVER* seeing them again? You truly think this is acceptable? If you do, you're a cruel, heartless *****.

you write: "They get vet care, food all the time, interaction with others of their kind."

YES, ANTIBIOTICS AND AS MENTIONED ANTIDEPRESSANTS, AS WELL AS AN *UNNATURAL* DIET, SUCH AS DEAD FISH... you need to "read" up on Tilikum, HE IS ALONE.... do you have pets? How often to they require Veterinary care? I have many and I can answer that for you... RARELY... because they are PROPERLY cared for. How many animals IN THE WILD require Veterinary care? NONE, because MOTHER NATURE CARES FOR HER CHILDREN and the DELICATE balance is kept in check. PLUS, HAVE YOU EVER ASKED THE ANIMAL HOW *THEY* FEEL ABOUT BEING A PRISONER? I hate to say this, because it supports this slavery, but just go to a zoo or circus and look at the extreme sadness around the animals' eyes, especially the hyper-sensitive, NEVER FORGETTING elephants (who *still* remember roaming freely with their FAMILY!)... see the lethary of the giant gorillas when they sit WAY at the back of their cage, elbow on knee, chin resting on hand and looking back at you like "wtf are you looking at?"... ever wonder why the chimps and monkeys smear the glass in front of your face with their feces? Does THAT sound like a HAPPY, HEALTHY environment to you? WAKE UP!

you write: "I've read before that if an animal is in captivity for more than two years, the chances of it being able to survive in the wild are nill."

IT'S NICE TO KNOW YOU ARE ABLE TO SIMPLY *REPEAT* WHAT YOU "READ", BUT ARE YOU ABLE TO *THINK* ON YOUR OWN? (also, it's spelled "nil")

you write: "The animal doesn't know HOW to be a wild animal."

AGAIN, GOING BACK TO THE UNNATURAL DIET, ETC... if these money changers cared about the animals AT ALL, they would at VERY LEAST feed them properly, in a NATURAL WAY! But this statement of yours is BULL anyway, because animal instincts IMMEDIATELY kick back in.

"I don't know how long they've had this whale, but there was an organization here in NY not that long ago that was FORCED to put one of it's sea lions back in the wild. They tagged it to keep an eye on it. They went out to check on it after six months and realized that it had no idea how to hunt in the wild and was basically beginning to starve to death."

SIX MONTHS "BEGINNING STARVE TO DEATH"? SIX MONTHS? HE/SHE WAS *OBVIOUSLY* FINDING FOOD OR HE/SHE WOULD'VE BEEN DEAD WITHIN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS. You are merely REPEATING what you hear with NO FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OR *ACTUAL* RESEARCH OF ANY KIND.

IS IGNORANCE REALLY *THAT* BLISSFUL, "TMP"?

PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF PRIOR TO SPEWING, "TMP"... THANK YOU.

1310 days ago
87.

Know it all    

SORRY BUT IF ANYONE HAS BEEN PAYING ATTENTION NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE WATER WITH THAT WHALE HE'S A KILLER! HE PULLED THE WORKER OFF THE SIDE. TOMMY SOUNDS LIKE A MORON.

1310 days ago
88.

B    

For the truth about SeaWorld’s artificial insemination program read this article just posted

http://theorcaproject.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/how-does-seaworld-masturbate-their-stud-killer-whales-rocker-tommy-lee-says-%E2%80%9Ccow-vaginas%E2%80%9D-and-he-is-almost-right/

1309 days ago
89.

Sadirah    

JLS in comment number 7 is wrong. SeaWorld addressed the issue by stating that the methods used are standard for AI practices approved by veterinary care and animal OB/Gyn specialists. A special sleeve is used, filled with warm water, to replicate the vaginal canal of a female killer whale, also commonly called a cow.

Tommy Lee should have put a little more research into his concern. A "cow vagina" is neither biological nor bovine. A female cetacean is called a cow, a male is a bull, and a baby is a calf. Poor Tommy. It must hurt.

1306 days ago
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