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Barenaked Ladies cancel SeaWorld show after seeing ‘Blackfish’ documentary

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What a change one week can make. Less than seven days after a Change.org petition asked the Barenaked Ladies to cancel their show at SeaWorld due to animal cruelty, the band has done just that.

The Ontario musicians were set to perform at the Orlando, Fla., venue on Feb. 15, but on Wednesday night they took to their Facebook page to announce they had cancelled the concert.

"We've talked things over, and decided not to play at SeaWorld at this time," the Barenaked Ladies wrote. "This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time."

Over the past week, nearly 12,000 fans signed a petition at Change.org, which was uploaded by St. Catharines native Mike Garrett. In a letter to the band, Garrett asked them to watch the documentary "Blackfish," which reveals how the animals at aquatic parks suffer in captivity.

Watch a clip from "Blackfish" below:

If that weren't enough to motivate them, on Monday a British fan tweeted at Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart, again asking him to view the film and then cancel the band's show.

Garrett was pleased at the speedy response to his call.

“I couldn’t be happier that so many people signed so quickly, and that the band responded just as fast; it’s proof that when we all speak up on something that matters, we can change things for the better,” he said in a statement released Thursday. “It’s also proof that BNL have a social conscience and that they’re the great guys we thought they were. It's one thing for celebrities to say they care about animals, it's another for them to actually act on their beliefs and give up what I'm guessing is quite a bit of money.”

Willie Nelson has also been petitioned on Change.org to pull out of the same SeaWorld concert series. And look forward to more of these petitions cropping up -- other acts set to perform at SeaWorld include Martina McBride, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Scotty McReery.