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Poll: Should Country Stars Cancel All Shows at SeaWorld?

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There’s been a severe backlash against SeaWorld in the last few months, with a number of prominent musical acts bowing out of scheduled shows in the wake of allegations about the way the exhibit treats its animals.

Country stars Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins and Martina McBride are just a few of the acts who have pulled out of the Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series. They are joined by the Canadian group Barenaked Ladies, as well as classic rockers Heart, REO Speedwagon, 38 Special and Cheap Trick.

Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson and Justin Moore are among the stars who have gone on as planned. Scotty McCreery is still scheduled to perform.

The controversy about SeaWorld arose in the wake of a documentary titled ‘Blackfish,’ which raises questions about the safety and ethics of keeping whales in captivity. Though SeaWorld has denied the film’s accuracy, the controversy doesn’t seem to be going away. Sea World has resorted to posting each week’s lineup earlier that week, in what might be an effort to avoid more public controversy directed toward those artists.

In light of the controversy, should country performers cancel all upcoming shows at SeaWorld and avoid playing there in the future? Or do you think it’s just a harmless, fun place for a family outing, and the allegations are being blown out of proportion? Vote below as often as once an hour, and feel free to sound off in the comments section as to why you voted the way you did.

Next: A Defense for Artists Who Perform at SeaWorld

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