Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has thought a lot about whale masturbation this week.
Lee contends that to obtain sperm for breeding purposes, SeaWorld has someone “masturbate” Tillikum, a killer whale at the theme park who was responsible for the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau earlier this year.
Lee says it is “sick and twisted,” and that it violates SeaWorld’s own policies regarding trainer and whale interaction, which were revised after Brancheau’s death.
So, in a second letter — which PETA sent to Gadling today — Lee suggests that the best way to check his facts would be to come to Orlando and see the collection of whale semen for himself.
“To settle this, how about PETA and I come to SeaWorld and videotape the process, and then people can decide how natural it is?” Lee writes.
“It might make your dramatic news releases about a new orcaor birth less appealing, but the public deserves to know. And they’ve undoubtedly never seen a sex tape like this.”
Manual stimulation of animals is a regular breeding practice used with livestock and with some species at zoos and aquariums.
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