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Tilikum: An Unwitting Spokesperson

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 01.21.2017 | Green
Dana Ellis Hunnes

Let us never forget Tilikum and his story.Tilikum’s life story is one of an innocent, beautiful, tragically tortured orca held at Sea World Orlando ...

News Roundup for January 6, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 01.06.2017 | HuffPost Live 321
Outspeak

We've got the news blues.

SeaWorld Just Unveiled New Rides And Coasters. Will It Work?

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.27.2016 | Travel

SeaWorld has been losing visitors by the droves, but it isn’t giving up on trying to lure them back with flashy new rides and shows. The beleaguered...

California Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.14.2016 | Green

The 2013 film “Blackfish” cast a spotlight on the cruelty of keeping orcas captive at marine theme parks ― with sometimes fatal results. The fil...

Root Canal: SeaWorld Gets Drilled In New Killer Whale Teeth Report

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.17.2016 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby has been all smiles since he and Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States announced that their organi...

Krysten Ritter Gets Trapped In A Tank In New Anti-SeaWorld Campaign

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Good News

Krysten Ritter is making waves in a new campaign urging SeaWorld to release their orcas to seaside sanctuaries. The “Jessica Jones” star appears p...

Orcas With Jobs

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

There is no freedom from their dependence on their human keepers for food. Captivity is a full-time duty that has been forced upon them by humans, and there are never any breaks from it.

Why I Am An Ocean Advocate

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 06.20.2016 | Green
Dana Ellis Hunnes

If I want to see more people love, live, and care for our world and its oceans, then I must start with myself, and educate those who may have no knowledge about these problems.

The Humane Economy

Cathy Kangas | Posted 05.25.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Sea World will no longer breed killer whales; Armani discontinued its use of fur; Petco and PetSmart offer shelter dogs and no longer support puppy mills; Ringling Brothers has ended their use of elephants. The world is becoming a better place for animals.

SeaWorld Bows to Public Pressure

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 04.14.2017 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

Even though the decision to end captive breeding of orcas is a much-needed step in the right direction, the way that SeaWorld has presented its decision to the public and the media has been disingenuous. SeaWorld is bowing to consumer pressure to survive.

Inch by Inch, Progress for Animals

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 03.30.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There's no question that animal advocacy is a challenging endeavor, and changing public attitudes and laws to protect animals from cruelty and suffering is a long, painstaking process. But, each year, we find that we are making significant progress -- even if it's slower than we'd like.

Anatomy of "The Blackfish Effect"

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 03.26.2017 | Impact
Caty Borum Chattoo

How and why did Blackfish inspire this kind of impact over a three-year period of time? From a vantage point at the intersection of documentary storytelling, grassroots activism, multi-platform distribution and media strategy, six key elements can help explain.

'Blackfish' Director Responds To SeaWorld's Decision To End Orca Breeding

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 03.17.2016 | Entertainment

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the eye-opening documentary "Blackfish," has responded to SeaWorld's decision to end its orca breeding program. Sp...

SeaWorld Ends Orca Breeding: Experts Weigh In

Carl Safina | Posted 03.18.2017 | Green
Carl Safina

Lolita is living out her lonely existence in sub-standard solitary confinement in Florida at the Miami Seaquarium. Her particular situation is the lowest-hanging fruit in improving humane treatment for captive orcas.

SeaWorld Announces End To Its Orca Breeding Program

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

SeaWorld, together with the Humane Society of the United States, announced a landmark agreement Thursday to drastically alter practices at its theme p...

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom: Provocative Killer Whale Film Premiers in San Francisco

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.08.2017 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom is a provocative new film about the marine theme park industry. It gives the audience a glimpse -- be it ever so brief --...

SeaWorld Dispatched Employees To Infiltrate Animal Rights Groups

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.12.2017 | Science

SeaWorld had employees pose as animal rights activists to collect information for the company after it reportedly received threats, the wildlife theme...

New Information on Killer Whale Longevity

Jordan Schaul | Posted 01.06.2017 | Science
Jordan Schaul

Last month, SeaWorld announced it was suing California authorities over a ban on breeding killer whales after a lawsuit claiming the marine park attraction deceived patrons was dismissed by a federal judge.

Death of an Orca: What It Means for the GOP

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.24.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Trump's brazen and popular foray into the realm of vile rhetoric has revealed a long-standing but well-hidden truth about the GOP and conservativism in the United States: right-wing thought has devolved into a disease of ignorance and hate.

Third Whale This Year Dies At SeaWorld San Antonio

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.22.2015 | Science

An 18-year-old killer whale has died at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, marking the third time this has happened this year. Officials say the whale, U...

By Thinning The Good Dinosaur's Herd, Pixar Wound Up With a Far Better Film

Jim Hill | Posted 12.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that -- this past weekend -- The Good Dinosaur was once again the No. 1 family film at the box office, there are a lot of parents on the prowl r...

Why Steve-O is Going to Jail for a Whale

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

On December 9, Jackass star and daredevil Steve-O will voluntarily begin his 30-day sentence in a Los Angeles county jail. After his release, he'll then begin a three-year probation and be temporarily banned from Hollywood. And it's all because of a whale.

CEO Offers $1 Million Toward Sanctuary, Asks SeaWorld To Free 1 Orca

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business

The CEO of a baby product company wrote a letter pledging $1 million to kick-start a fund to create an orca ocean sanctuary and asking SeaWorld to rel...

SeaWorld Doesn't Seem To Understand Its Business Is Over

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 11.09.2015 | Science

The shift was sudden. One day, SeaWorld's bleachers were full. Many Americans held fond memories of watching killer whales belly-flop gallons of water...

SeaWorld San Diego Is Getting Rid Of Its Killer Whale Show

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science

SeaWorld San Diego will say goodbye to its killer whale show sometime next year. The park plans to replace it with a more "informative" killer whale e...