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Dawn Brancheau

SeaWorld Won't Fight OSHA Citation Any Longer

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a...

SeaWorld Loses Appeal Of Ruling On Death Of Orca Trainer

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green

(Adds government response, paragraph 7) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Fri...

Blackfish Backlash Continues

John P. David | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
John P. David

From what I know about orca public relations, I think SeaWorld's got a big problem.

ReThink Review: Blackfish -- The Dark, Wild Side of Free Willy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

By examining orcas in the wild and their lives in sea parks, Blackfish makes a compelling argument that not only is it immoral to imprison orcas, but that they are too powerful, smart, and unpredictable for us to do it safely.

SeaWorld Suffers Legal Setback in Fight Against OSHA

David Kirby | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
David Kirby

Even as SeaWorld and OSHA engage in settlement talks over the 2010 death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the company has suffered a legal setback in its fight to keep OSHA inspectors from interviewing trainers about federally mandated safety measures before the mediation process concludes.

SHAMU FOR SALE -- Should You Invest in Captivity?

David Kirby | Posted 03.02.2013 | Green
David Kirby

Investing in the captivity of highly intelligent killer whales for public amusement carries with it considerable risks and drawbacks -- not just financially, but ethically and morally as well.

SeaWorld Putting Orca Trainers Back in the Water

David Kirby | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
David Kirby

For the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years since the 12,000-pound orca Tilikum brutally killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld Orlando, the company is now allowing certain trainers to reenter the water.

SeaWorld Appeal Fails in Orca Trainer Death

David Kirby | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld has lost its attempt to appeal a scathing May 31 verdict from a federal law judge before the three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).

Is Shamu a Republican?

David Kirby | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

There are close ties between the entertainment parks' owner, venture capital firm The Blackstone Group, and Mitt Romney's campaign.

NEW POLL: Only 1-in-4 Americans Support Orca Captivity

David Kirby | Posted 09.15.2012 | Green
David Kirby

A new poll just out this morning, the first-ever survey of US public opinion on attitudes toward keeping killer whales in captivity, does not bear good news for the marine mammal industry, and in particular SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Appeals Verdict in Trainer's Death, Reopens Pool Where Killing Occurred

David Kirby | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
David Kirby

In the highly-charged climate of 2012, SeaWorld Florida v. US Labor Secretary Solis heads to the Occupational Safety and Health Commission, whose three members are appointed by the President. It is up to the commissioners whether to review the ruling or not, making this political.

Marion Cotillard, Fierce Opponent of Orca Captivity, Menaced By Killer Whale on Film Set

David Kirby | Posted 09.07.2012 | Books
David Kirby

French actress Marion Cotillard, who won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie en Rose and will soon be seen in the summertime blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises, is speaking out about an incident she experienced with a killer whale while filming on the set of Rust and Bone, a French import due in U.S. theaters this fall.

Dave Jamieson

Judge Rules Against SeaWorld Over Whale Trainer's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green

"Are the emotions inspired by the grandeur of humans interacting with killer whales worth the dangers created by the interactions?" That was the qu...

Of Books, Boycotts, and Killer Whales

David Kirby | Posted 04.21.2012 | Books
David Kirby

My new book about killer whales in captivity -- Death at SeaWorld -- does not hit stores for another five months, and already there are two online petitions (here is one) to boycott the title and urge booksellers and the media to ignore and reject the book.

SeaWorld Trainers Told To Use Caution With Whale

AP | Posted 11.22.2011 | Green

SANFORD, Fla. — The killer whale that dragged a SeaWorld trainer into a pool and drowned her last year was possessive of objects, and trainers w...

OSHA: SeaWorld Has Incomplete Whale Behavior Files

AP | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

SANFORD, Fla. -- Government attorneys say SeaWorld Orlando has incomplete records about aggressive whale behavior. An attorney for the federal job sa...

SeaWorld Death Video Not Shown During Hearing

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green

SANFORD, Fla. — Government attorneys declined to show video of a SeaWorld trainer being drowned by a killer whale during a hearing Tuesday over ...

Death at SeaWorld -- Should Videotapes of the Killing be Released?

David Kirby | Posted 11.19.2011 | Green
David Kirby

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled against the husband and family of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in February 2010 at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Fights Fine Over Trainer's Death

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 11.19.2011 | Green

SANFORD, Fla. -- SeaWorld Orlando's policy of relying on trainers to recognize when a killer whale poses a safety threat leaves gaps that can lead to ...

Death At Loro Parque: The Risks Of Killer Whale Entertainment

Tim Zimmermann | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Tim Zimmermann

Dawn Brancheau was the first SeaWorld trainer killed by a killer whale. But she wasn't the first trainer killed by a SeaWorld killer whale.

Whale That Killed Trainer Returns To SeaWorld Show

AP | By KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The killer whale that drowned a trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld facility last year is slated to perform for the first time since the de...

SeaWorld Trainers Back In Water With Killer Whales For 1st Time Since Employee's Death

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld officials say trainers will get back into the tanks with killer whales for the first time since one of their colleagues...

Hearing on SeaWorld Trainer's Death: Keep It Open to the Public

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

There is no possible rationale for closing these hearings and sealing the record, other than to protect a multibillion dollar corporation from airing its laundry before the public and press.

Former Tilikum Trainers Take You Behind The Curtain At SeaWorld

Tim Zimmermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tim Zimmermann

It's not very shocking to think that life in marine park pools is not very good for large, intelligent mammals, used to a tight family social structure and the wide expanses of the open ocean. But there's more worth knowing than that.

Troubled Waters at Sea World: Another Ex-Employee Alleges Obstruction in OSHA's Investigation of Orca Trainer's Death

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

A former human resources director has come forward with her own allegations of obstruction and "stonewalling" during OSHA's official inquiry. The charges and counter-charges are messy.