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Death at Seaworld

Struggling SeaWorld To Improve Conditions For Killer Whales

AP | By MARLEY JAY | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger en...

Cousteau and World Cetacean Alliance Making a Splash

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If we are going to change the world to save ourselves, we have to save the ocean; and if we are going to save the ocean we have to start by saving the cetaceans. We have to protect their habitat and ensure that all marine life can thrive, so that we can too.

Blackfish and Keiko: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy

Theresa Demarest | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Theresa Demarest

It is our first hope that folks will watch BLACKFISH. Probably for the first time they will understand in a most graphic way the problems inherent in keeping these orcas captive.

Why SeaWorld's Cuts in Staff Hours Is No Suprise To Me

David Kirby | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
David Kirby

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those employees at 11 parks around the country.

WATCH: SeaWorld Killer Whale Gives Birth Underwater

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.15.2013 | Green

One of SeaWorld's killer whales gave birth this Valentine's Day, and the natural amazing, natural moment was caught on camera in San Diego. Kasatka...

Baby Orca Born Into Troubled 'Family' At SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld San Diego is celebrating the birth of a killer whale on this Valentine's Day backstage at Shamu Stadium. But not everyone is delighted with the news. Anti-captivity activists say the newborn has a hard life ahead in a grotesquely unnatural world.

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.

Near Death At SeaWorld: Worldwide Exclusive Video

David Kirby | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
David Kirby

A newly available video depicts the November, 2006 aggression incident by the female orca Kasatka against her highly experienced trainer, Ken Peters, at SeaWorld San Diego.

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.

Big Week Looms Ahead for SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
David Kirby

The week of July 16 will be crunch time for America's favorite marine theme park, as SeaWorld braces for the next grueling phase in the aftermath of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau's death, two and a half years ago in Orlando.

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.

Time to Phase Out the Shamu Shows

David Kirby | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
David Kirby

It is up to the courts and the government to decide if people should be allowed to perform in the water with killer whales. But it is up to the public, especially those who pay $80 or more to visit SeaWorld, to decide if orcas are better off in tanks, or in the ocean where they naturally evolved.

Federal Judge Blasts SeaWorld in Death of Orca Trainer

David Kirby | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld has lost its legal battle to overturn a federal safety violation in the 2010 death of Orlando orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, and was roundly defeated in its attempt to vacate OSHA-mandated measures to protect the safety of trainers.

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.