Musician Tommy Lee recently wrote a letter to Terry Prather, President of SeaWorld, as a response to SeaWorld's announcement that they would no longer allow trainers to have any personal contact with Tilikum, the orca whale involved with the death of three people. Lee, citing the support of PETA, expressed confusion and outrage over SeaWorld's latest decision, claiming trainers "masturbate" the whale with "a cow's vagina filled with hot water." He accused SeaWorld of not releasing the whale because it is their "chief sperm bank." Lee wrote:
Even during my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could've imagined something so sick and twisted. Simply put, how can SeaWorld claim that trainers no longer have direct contact with this whale when they are jacking him off?
SeaWorld was quick to respond to the Motley Crue drummer's allegation, as a SeaWorld representative told TMZ, "The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn't differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species for zoological display."