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Dawn Brancheau

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.

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.

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.

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.

SeaWorld Citation More Evidence Against Captive Orcas

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

No human being has ever been seriously injured or killed by an orca in the wild, but four people have died and dozens have been injured, some very seriously, by captive orcas.

Whale of a Problem: Captive Marine Mammals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Tomorrow morning my colleague Naomi Rose, Ph.D., and a number of other experts will testify before a House subcommittee about the ethical and legal is...

Dawn Brancheau: Killed SeaWorld Trainer's Family Seeks To Quash Video Of Brancheau's Death

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The family of Dawn Brancheau, the Indiana native and whale trainer who was killed by an orca on February 24, is seeking to suppress a video tape of Br...

A Requiem For The Pursuit Of Knowledge

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

It was because of Dawn's life-long devotion to trying to understand the animals with which we share our planet that thousands of families were able to get close to these marvelous creatures.

SeaWorld Trainer Funeral Highlights 'Light' Of Dawn Brancheau (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The SeaWorld trainer funeral held yesterday stirred emotions for both those who knew Dawn Brancheau and those who didn't. The ceremony honored the 40...

Curious about 'The Whale?' Read the Book

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Christian Hall

Philip Hoare pays eloquent tribute to the beauty, power, and history of the sea's mightiest creatures. Can readers who have discovered the elegance and mystery of whales ever again enjoy a seaquarium?

Trainer Killed In Freak Accident At SeaWorld Had Local Ties

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Schererville, Ind. - A family from Indiana is waiting for more answers about a freak accident at SeaWorld in Orlando that killed their sister. The c...