Hard-working career woman Barbie will probably be spending a lot more time at her Malibu Beach house, now that she is no longer working as a killer whale trainer at SeaWorld. Mattel had been selling a line of SeaWorld Trainer Barbie dolls – which came packaged with plastic dolphins and water-squirting whales – but the toy company has made it clear it will no longer produce SeaWorld-branded merchandise.
Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Carter Dillard has issued the following statement: “I’d say it was always a bad idea to teach children that the best way to treat magnificent wild creatures is to capture them, house them in the equivalent of a bathtub, and force them to perform. It looks like Mattel finally agrees.”
Said SeaWorld in a statement: “We are disappointed in Mattel’s decision to stop production of the SeaWorld Trainer Barbie.” “We are proud that Mattel had chosen to honor the women— and men — at SeaWorld who dedicate their lives to the care and conservation of killer whales and other animals living in our parks. Particularly disappointing is that the decision appears to be based on complaints from PETA, an extremist organization that works to close zoos and aquariums.”