In memory of Richard Donner: the orcas’ best friend

Sadly, the director Richard Donner died on July 5, 2021.

If you’ve seen the blockbuster Lethal Weapon 3″, you probably remember all the animal rights posters that caught the eye in the movie around the police station.
This was the work of Richard Donner, who was known for smuggling social messages into his films.
He aimed at the General Motors concern, which at that time still smashed pigs and ferrets in crash tests.

His action helped PETA USA put an end to these deadly experiments.

Richard Donner and his compassionate wife, Lauren Shuler Donner, received the Humanitary Award at PETA USA’s 25th Anniversary Gala, but most of all, he will be forever remembered for his calls to end marine mammal captivity.

His film “Free Willy” informed an entire generation about the life of animals in marine parks.

In this 1998 photo shows famed killer whale Keiko, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, in Newport, Ore. Dr. Steven Brown of Newport, a veterinarian who cared for the killer whale Keiko, star of the “Free Willy” films of the 1990’s, has died at 62. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Steven Nehl)

“The abduction of these majestic mammals from the wild for commercial purposes is obscene. (…) These terrible catches must absolutely become part of the past. “
(Richard Donner)

Donner appealed to SeaWorld to fund the creation of a coastal reserve so that the orcas in their parks can be retired.
PETA is still driving this initiative forward.

If you are one of Donner’s millions of fans, please honor his legacy by doing something for the animals.

https://www.peta.de/prominente/richard-donner/

“Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favorite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friend, staunchest ally, and – of course — the greatest Goonie of all,” said Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story for Donner’s film, “The Goonies”.
“He was all kid. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always.”

My best regards to all, Venus

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