|Anonymous: What's your take on this new law California wants to bring in?||
This is a wonderful step in the right direction, but what of the other cetaceans and animals at the park? I hope their retirement comes swiftly as well.
BOOM // CNN Coverage of the controversial new bill to ban captivity (about time)!
Jane Valez Mitchell speaks her mind on CNN. Please share widely.
PRESS conference from Santa Monica Pier today at lunch (US Pacific Time). Please tune in or look for link later. Blackfish cast members to be in attendance.
It always confuses me why some (very few. very)people act like if there are no captive cetaceans, everyone will just go crazy and hunt them or ignore them or stop caring about them completely or stop all forms of conservation in existence.
Hi. The UK is a captive cetacean free country and we kinda like our cetaceans and try to conserve them soo….
New Zealand has outright banned captivity. Many of the population cares greatly for cetaceans and they have one of the best re-floating rates in the world.
Hey guys, here’s a list of people to tweet your thanks and ask to support the Orca bill:
@toniatkins ——-> The most important right now is to ask her to support it.
Please let’s help those 10 Orcas to live in a better place where they won’t be exploited and forced to breed. Thanks!!
Lolita [left] and her mother Ocean Sun [right] haven’t seen each other for 43 years, but I like to think that they think about each other from time to time. It might be one of the things that keeps Lolita optimistic, of course it’s impossible to know.
The coloured ones were supposed to be them and the graphite sketch is what they both long for, a reunion. It looked better in my head haha. And my Ocean Sun portrait looks weird.
"…I was forced to throw that animal’s entire diet for the day on the outside of the enclosure so that it could see the food outside of its reach for three days in a row. The Head Trainer made the staff drag a large net across the pen in order to scare the animal into the pen. He told us it was dangerous for the animals and for us, but made us do it anyway. He even shut the programme to the public so that he could work to scare this dolphin into submission.
The Head Trainer told the public we trained the animals using “operant conditioning”, ignore the negative and reward the positive. This was definitely not the case when this dolphin refused to “gate” (go into the pen) through the gate.”
SeaWorld’s PR team jumps at the chance to promote an article questioning Blackfish’s credibility. Unfortunately, said article also includes statements such as:
- “If you set out to make a movie about the problems of keeping whales in captivity and possible SeaWorld malfeasance, there’s no shortage of material to work with. Over the last few decades, there have been dozens of publicly documented troubling and dangerous incidents involving animal trainers working with killer whales. These include four deaths, notably the highly publicized killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Three of the four killings were done by a single of SeaWorld’s whales, Tilikum, and it’s a legitimate question whether SeaWorld did enough to protect its employees.”
- “The overarching message of Blackfish isn’t that SeaWorld is guilty of creating an unsafe work environment—the film is in fact an 83-minute jeremiad against keeping whales in captivity. Given the size and intelligence of these animals, that’s not an entirely unsympathetic notion.”
- “There’s no question SeaWorld’s brand has been tarnished by Blackfish. Eight big-name musical acts have pulled out of SeaWorld’s “Bands, Brew & BBQ” concert series, citing the documentary.”
So, that’s a double-edged sword to say the least. Not to mention the article’s derision of the film being in part due to Blackfish’s being “perfectly targeted to liberal Hollywood sensibilities." For me, it’s always confidence inspiring when journalists start going HAM on those hippies from Hollyweird. But then, what can I expect when the editor is William Kristol?
TLDR: SeaWorld’s PR is being managed by sea lions.
Sea Lions are smarter than this guy