With so many celebrities backing away from working with SeaWorld following the release of the captive orca documentary Blackfish, there’s still one famous name who is proud to be associated with the marine parks.
Bindi Irwin announced on Good Morning America Thursday that she’s officially become a youth ambassador for SeaWorld and will be working with the parks through a new program called “Generation Nature,” which the 15-year-old explained is a program for youth to “get involved and be game-changers for wildlife in wild places.”
The Internet immediately started blowing up with criticism of the teen’s controversial decision. There’s even a petition started at change.org to get Bindi to change her mind and cut ties with SeaWorld.
And PETA has entered in to the debate, noting that “The Irwin family has been exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld’s latest shill.
“But plastering her face on SeaWorld’s website won’t cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other animals are suffering in SeaWorld’s tiny tanks after being ripped from their families. What millions have realized—through PETA’s massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish—is that SeaWorld is no place for anyone who truly cares about animals.”