WWE’S Scotty 2 Hotty and Mick Foley tag team PETA
Twitter has been getting pretty juicy with celebrity wars on social media. Recently, former WWE Superstar, Scotty 2 Hotty was recently seen at SeaWorld with his son and was bullied by PETA online to stop supporting the park. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal) is a group against animal cruelty and take a stand to be the voice for animals. This whole issue started when Scotty tweeted a picture of his son enjoying his day with the seals at a SeaWorld park. PETA got word and sent him this email:
*Source from Scotty 2 Hotty’s Facebook fanpage*
“On Sunday I took my son to SeaWorld and posted this pic on Twitter. On Wednesday PETA sent me this email asking me to stop supporting SeaWorld:
Greetings from PETA! We’re big fans of yours, as are many of our 5 million members and supporters around the world.
A number of them, though, have contacted us with concerns about your recent visit to SeaWorld with your son. We wanted to give you a bit of information about captive marine mammals and SeaWorld, in particular, in the hope that you won’t support its parks again in the future.
Since the release of Blackfish, the critically acclaimed documentary that exposes the violent capture and cruel confinement of marine mammals, SeaWorld has faced a wave of public backlash and has been under tremendous scrutiny for its inability to care for marine mammals. In fact, 62 bottlenose dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks in just 10 years. Additionally, 37 orcas have died at SeaWorld—and not one from old age.
At SeaWorld, mothers and babies are separated, whereas in the open ocean, orcas enjoy traveling up to 100 miles a day with their close-knit family members, in whose company they often remain for their entire lives. Dolphin exhibits deny dolphins everything that is natural and important to them. In the wild, dolphins swim up to 60 miles a day—but in captivity, they’re kept in tiny chemically treated tanks, in which their sonar bounces off the walls, driving some of them insane. In the wild, they dive to a depth of several hundred feet and spend up to 90 percent of their time underwater in dives as long as 15 minutes or more, which allows them to avoid dangerous heat and harmful ultraviolet rays. At SeaWorld, these animals—whose skin is sensitive to sunlight, just like that of humans—have no refuge from the sun.
For these reasons, we urge you never to visit SeaWorld again. Thank you for your time and consideration. I can be reached RachelS@peta.org to answer any questions that you may have.
Rachel Stotts PETA ” (Source: Scotty 2 Hotty Facebook fanpage)
*NOTE: This representative does not include any other forms of what she actually does with the group*
Scotty 2 Hotty replied back to this email:
*Source: Scotty 2 Hotty Facebook fanpage*
“My response to PETA for asking me to stop going to SeaWorld and supporting SeaWorld with my family:
Thanks for the email and thanks for being a fan.
I am concerned that you and PETA are so concerned about my visit with my son to SeaWorld. I am glad that you wrote to me and are offering to answer questions though because ever since watching Blackfish TWICE with my girlfriend/marine biologist/SeaWorld animal trainer of 20+ years, we’ve both had a lot of questions.
I am a huge theme park fan and love all of the parks here in Orlando. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure if you know this or not but there is actually another little amusement park just a few miles from Seaworld. It’s called Walt Disney World and they have one part called Animal Kingdom. I was just there with my son’s class field trip. They have rhinos, hippos, lions, tigers, zebra, giraffe, ostriches, crocodile, deer, bugs that sing and dance in a show every 20 minutes, and a great big giant yeti that they actually bolted inside a mountain. I’m not sure if you know this or not but SeaWorld has actually helped Disney out with their animals in the past. So my question to you is why aren’t you and and your followers standing outside of this park protesting and trying to put them out of business? Is it because Disney is too big for you guys to bully? By the way, they also have dolphins at their other park called EPCOT just like SeaWorld. I’ve been to EPCOT literally hundreds of times, no I’m not exaggerating, since 1982 and I’ve never seen PETA there once. I doubt they have any former trainers that were fired for being dumb enough to put their head in a whales mouth like a certain “star” from Blackfish though. Why isn’t Gabriela Cowperthwaite there with her video camera looking for, jaded, washed up, bitter animal trainers to chit chat with?
I was also curious if you have any dolphin breast milk in your freezer at home ??? Because if people stop supporting Seaworld like you’re asking me and my family to do and they go out of business, where will they get the milk to feed the baby dolphin when the mom dies in the next dolphin stranding??? I guess you and your boyfriend could always get a row boat, paddle out onto the ocean, find a dolphin, Your boyfriend can grab it and pull it out of the water and you can hook the breast pump up and pump that little sucker dry. Hopefully you just get back to the baby dolphin before it dies. Or maybe your movie company that you’re associated with will fund the dolphin milk gathering to help stranded baby dolphins???
If Seaworld goes away like you want, are you going to be able to get time off from your job as “Celebrity Relations Coordinator” at PETA if 500 sea lions need to be helped because they are dehydrated and starving on the beach from the ocean being over fished and polluted??? It shouldn’t take long, maybe 3 or 4 weeks. I know I’m booked pretty solid in July and August. I’ll be in England performing for 2 weeks in July and Iraq, visiting the US troops for 2 weeks in August so I won’t be able to help. Maybe you can see if Blackfish producer Gabby C. can give you a hand since she seems to care so much? The “BLACKFISH STAR” John Hargrove should have time too since his 15 minutes are up and he didn’t get his academy award.
Speaking of John Hargrove and awards. I was watching a YouTube video of him and he said “ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er”. No, I’m not repeating myself, he literally said, “ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er, ni**er” at least that many times. While most companies would distance themselves from someone like that like they did Mel Gibson after his drunken racial rant that was recorded, I read that PETA put John Hargrove up on their PETA pedestal and gave him an award in November. Is this true????? I also read that you and your boyfriend Michael K. Snyder personally are in works for a film with John Hargrove. Is this true???? I got this off the internet so I’m assuming there’s no way it’s true but I figured that could be one of the questions that you could answer too.
Here’s what I read and this was all after the video came out by the way: “On November 9, 2015 PETA presented Hargrove its Courage of Conviction Award for revealing SeaWorld’s treatment of captive orcas. Days later, Hargrove’s memoir was optioned for film by producers Michael K. Snyder and Rachel K. Stotts through Crash Films.”
Also, your boyfriend Michael K. Snyder has been blasting me on social media and using John Hargrove as a source of reference.
From your boyfriend Michael Snyder to me on Twitter: “His 14 years working for SW plus opening an entire orca program in France make him far more credible than ur one day visit”
Why would it take 14+ years to realize that there was a problem??? Wouldn’t you notice that in the first couple days on the job? Was it that or MAYBE he did something so stupid while working with the whales that he was going to be moved to the sea lion, otter show so he got pissy and took his ball and went home, which just happened to be at the same time that Gabby C. was filming Blackfish??? Hmmmm
See, I’m not some uneducated tourist who spent one day at SeaWorld like your boyfriend is accusing me of. I’ve spent the last five years in a relationship with a woman who is a 20+ year dog, horse, rhino, hippo, zebra, giraffe, dolphin, and whale trainer, including Tilikum, the whale that killed my girlfriends friend and SW veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau that Blackfish used to sensationalize in their film. I know the real truth, not what PETA, Blackfish, or SeaWorld for that matter tells me but what I’ve seen for myself.
Speaking of Blackfish. Can you tell me how I’m supposed to take Blackfish as a credible source of information when they show “trainer” Samantha Berg doing her first whale ride and her talking about it like its her, when it’s been proven that it’s not even really her in the video??? That’s a pretty big deal to do for a whale trainer and you’re telling me that she didn’t have any video of herself ever doing this huge accomplishment, so they had to use video of someone else and portray it as her?? From what I hear she barely ever made it past selling Shamu stuffed animals in the gift shop, let alone working with the whales.
You say, “SeaWorld’s inability to care for their animals”? Sorry, but I’m not one of the sheep that saw a deceitful, edited for shock value, one sided documentary and now thinks that I’m an expert. I’ve had the opportunity to see how those animals are cared for first hand with my own eyes and met and got to know many of the people and have seen the passion in caring for them. PETA and that documentary have painted them as monsters which is the furthest thing from the truth. I’ve seen my friend that does rescues get up at 3am and leave his wife and two kids to go rescue manatees from a storm drain. When’s the last time you did that Rachel? I’ve seen my girlfriend want to spend her holidays with animals at SeaWorld, I’ve seen her NEED to be there when a new dolphin is born, and cry hysterically when one of the dolphins that she had worked with for years had passed away. So, don’t feed me your copy and pasted, brainwashing lines that you send out to every “celebrity” that might be looking for a way to get a little attention on their flailing careers. Even if the number of animals that you say have died at SeaWorld is accurate, PETA is still way ahead with the animals that they have killed intentionally. How many animals has PETA killed this year so far???
I’m not like the other entertainers who have stopped supporting SeaWorld and that canceled playing shows there like Heart, Willie Nelson, and Bare Naked Ladies did because of pressure from PETA. By the way they all still perform at Rodeos since cancelling on SW.
So, instead of you trying to get me and my family to stop supporting SeaWorld, why don’t you go to SeaWorld with your boyfriend and take the backstage tours to see what SeaWorld really does? I’m sure they’d love to show you behind the scenes and how the animals are truly cared for and not what some producer with an agenda who could care less about animals or captivity wants you to believe. I just wish you could see what I’ve seen.
I wrote this email entirely on my own. This is from me, Scott Garland. Not with the help of SeaWorld or my girlfriend. Honestly I think SeaWorlds PR department sucks and they’ve dropped the ball on this whole thing but overall they have a lot of great contributions. I also think that it sucks that you continue to use Blackfish as your source of information that you send out to people when it’s been proven that it’s full of lies and misinformation.
Thanks again for offering to answer my questions and I look forward to ALL of your answers Rachel. My apologies for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
PS I’ve included a link to the John Hargrove video just in case you and PETA haven’t seen it. I’m assuming you haven’t since you gave him an award shortly after it came out and now you and your boyfriend are wanting to do a movie with.” (Source: Scotty 2 Hotty Facebook fanpage)
WWE’s Legend Mick Foley stood up for his friend Scotty 2 Hotty with this reply:
*Source: Mick Foley Facebook*
“SCOTTY 2 HOTTY TAKES A STAND
I was pretty surprised when my good friend Scott Garland, better known as Scotty 2 Hotty posted an e-mail he’d received from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on his Facebook page. It was an email in which PETA mentioned a recent visit that Scotty had made to Sea World with his son, informing him of some of the ways PETA felt the animals at Sea World are treated inhumanely, and concluding with a paragraph that included the words “we urge you never to visit Sea World again.”
It struck me as being inappropriate; reprimanding a father for where he chose to spend the day with his son. I wondered what I would have done if PETA had sent me a similar email after one of my many visits to the park. I most likely would have been pretty angry, and written some type of response, telling them to mind their own business. But I don’t think I could have managed to do what Scotty did: he spent several days constructing a well reasoned, and well educated response; refusing to bow to the pressure of the animal-rights group’s practices, and taking them to task for their own hypocrisy.
Let me put this next statement all in capital letters to make it very clear: I SUPPORT THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS. Until this recent issue with Scotty came to light, I would have said I had a high opinion of PETA. I knew PETA had supporters who occasionally crossed a line when it came to their unwavering support of animal rights. I certainly felt like their anti-Santa Claus demonstrations were a little over-the-top
(by the way, I’m a faux-fur St Nick) but I thought they were basically a good group in pursuit of a noble cause. So after reading Scotty’s letter, I sent him a text, asking one vital question about his claims: “can you tell me a little about PETA intentionally killing animals?”
In a way I wish I hadn’t asked that question. Because once Scotty fulfilled my request, my night was ruined. To say the links he shared with me were eye-openers would be an understatement. I share them now only because I firmly believe that the great majority of PETA supporters do not actually know the grisly facts revealed within them about the stunningly high rate at which animals brought to PETA shelters are euthanized.
For information about the extreme nature of PETA’s policies and tactics, check out this entertaining, but sobering Showtime Networks special:
I’m not suggesting that PETA doesn’t do some good things, but if you love animals, I think there are better options out there on a local level and, in my opinion, the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals) does a much better job, without all the drama. Maybe I can send out an urge of my own to PETA. Know who you are F-ing with before you F with them.
*No animals were harmed during the writing of this post.” (Source: Mick Foley Facebook)
For more information on SeaWorld Parks and animal care: http://seaworldcares.com/
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