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ADI calls for boycott of Anchorman 2 featuring Seaworld dolphins

Posted: 18 December 2013. Updated: 18 December 2013


ADI has condemned the use of Seaworld dolphins in Anchorman 2, which is released in the UK and US today. The Paramount Pictures film, directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate, features two dolphins ‘tail-walking’, an unnatural behaviour in which the dolphins stand their bodies vertical and ‘walk’ through the water using their tails/flukes.

Anchorman 2 is set in the 1970s when few people were aware of the suffering of captive dolphins and whales but people are now better informed and are increasingly turning their backs on this form of entertainment which consigns these intelligent animals to a life of misery.

Marine parks around the world often acquire dolphins and other cetaceans through controversial ‘drive hunts’ such as the infamous hunt at Taiji. A recent application to bring wild-caught beluga whales from Russia to the US was denied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Seaworld has been racked by controversy for many years, and has seen a number of human and animal deaths at its parks. The company is known to capture wild animals for exhibition and split up family groups.

The company is facing renewed criticism following the release of Blackfish, a film following the tragic story of Tilikum the orca who was snatched from the wild and kept captive in a tiny pool, bullied by his companions.

Tilikum has been involved in the deaths of several people, and calls for his release continue to grow, as the whale demonstrates the suffering and frustration caused by the severely deprived environment at Seaworld.

Take action

  • Please avoid Anchorman 2 and other films with performing animals, especially wild animals like dolphins.
  • Urge Paramount Pictures to adopt a policy not to use wild animals in future films - please post a polite comment on their website, facebook page or tweet @ParamountPics
  • Find out more about our animals in entertainment campaigns here

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