Bare Naked Ladies reconsiders SeaWorld show after viewing 'Blackfish'

ORLANDO, Fla. - Bare Naked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart says the group is "looking at options" about performing at SeaWorld after viewing CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.

Fans launched an online petition last week after the Canadian rock band announced it would perform at SeaWorld's Orlando park on February 15, 2014.

Mike Garrett of St. Catharines, Canada, posted the petition on Change.org asking band members to watch "Blackfish" and "learn how SeaWorld and other captive display facilities such as Marineland in Niagara Falls have for decades exploited marine mammals solely for profit."

The documentary -- which aired on CNN last month -- tells the story of the SeaWorld trainer who was killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum

Garrett said he was "disappointed" when he heard the group was scheduled to play there "in light of all the horrific information we're learning about places like SeaWorld and Marineland."

"I'm hoping to grab the band's attention on this issue and ask them, on behalf of all their animal-loving fans, to reconsider performing there," Garrett wrote.  His petition had gained 3,000 signatures by Wednesday.

The petition drew Stewart's attention, who posted a tweet this week in response: "Like you, we've seen the movie and were affected. We 're currently looking at options on how to proceed."

SeaWorld did not immediately respond to CNN inquiries Wednesday about Stewart's tweet and the group's planned performance during its "Bands, Brew & BBQ" events.

The park's website does not list Bare Naked Ladies on the schedule. February 15 and four other weekend dates just say "Coming Soon."

Acts that are listed on the calendar include Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, 38 Special, Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery.


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