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Why SeaWorld Should Emulate The Keiko Project And Retire Captive Orcas To Sea Pens

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld should reconsider their active opposition to sea pens and should work with scientists, trainers, and environmental organizations to establish sea pen sanctuaries to retire their orcas, beluga whales, and dolphins.

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.

Humanity's Illogical Rage When The Beast Bites Back

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Green
Captain Paul Watson

The killing of a two-year old boy is a sad tragedy in human eyes of course, but what does a vendetta against alligators accomplish?

We Still Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Orcas

Pamela Anderson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Pamela Anderson

Blackfish forced SeaWorld to announce that it would discontinue its orca-breeding program, effectively phasing out its orca captivity. That is good, but it is not enough to protect orcas at SeaWorld in the future, or orcas that are or might later be held in other locations.

Footage Shows SeaWorld Orca Slamming Against Gate Over And Over

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.27.2016 | Green

A captive orca was spotted slamming her head into a metal gate, exclusive footage released Tuesday by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project shows....

SeaWorld Bows to Public Pressure

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 04.13.2016 | 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.

More Reflections on the SeaWorld Agreement

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.02.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to use a wide range of diplomatic tools to pressure Japan to end its commercial whaling activities and to stop contravening international law by slaughtering hundreds of innocent whales.

SeaWorld Used Invasive Breeding Drugs on Female Orcas

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 03.22.2016 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld has announced an end to the forced breeding of their captive orcas. The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP)'s many lawsuits and resea...

Ex-Trainers Say SeaWorld Is Lying About Tilikum's Health

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.20.2016 | Green

On Thursday, SeaWorld announced an historic decision to end breeding in its captive orca program. While the change is a huge step forward for SeaWorld...

SeaWorld Ends Orca Breeding: Experts Weigh In

Carl Safina | Posted 03.17.2016 | 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.

Breaking News: SeaWorld to End All Orca Breeding

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.17.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The humane economy can move at lightning speed, and hit with full force. The world is waking up to the needs of all animals, and the smartest CEOs don't resist the change. They hitch a ride on it and harness the momentum.

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 03.09.2016 | 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 --...

Even Whales and Dolphins Can't Escape Our Din

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

The hustle-bustle of modern life echoes through our oceans -- in the roar of ship engines, the Navy's sonar pings and exploding munitions, and the seismic blasts by searchers for fossil fuels.

Wild Orca Named Pickle Has Swum Next To His Kayaker Buddy For Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.16.2015 | Good News

This man and an orca sure know how to have a whale of a time together. New Zealander Nathan Pettigrew and a wild orca named Pickle have been gliding a...

Former SeaWorld Employee Recounts Horrifying Treatment Of Orcas

The Dodo | Chloe Angyal | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green

The past few years have seen a stream of former SeaWorld employees speak out about their time at the company. Now another employee is stepping forward...

Why Steve-O is Going to Jail for a Whale

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.04.2015 | 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.

SeaWorld's Announcement Raises Questions About Fate of Orcas

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

All captive orcas in the United States must be retired: not to bigger incarcerating pools, but to coastal seapens, where they can, at least, live out the remainder of their natural lives in something close to natural freedom.

SeaWorld San Diego Claims They're Going to End Killer Whale Shows for New Image: But Are They Really Going to do this?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.11.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Many remain skeptical of SeaWorld San Diego's comprehensive plan and it is still not clear what other SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio are planning to do.

'Green News Report' - November 10, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A very bad week for fossil fuels: Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline; Pe...

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...

Those Dammed Salmon -- Set them Free!

Leda Huta | Posted 09.09.2015 | Green
Leda Huta

The one most important thing that we can do to set them free, free to provide this incredible, abundant resource for us and for the creatures with whom we share this planet, is to take down some dams that no longer serve our communities. And with well over 75,000 dams across America, there are a good number that fall into that category.

Humpback Whales Intervene in Killer Whale Attacks on a Baby Gray Whale, and Save Seals

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

How does a 45 ton whale manage to rescue a 300 pound seal? Or drive off a pack of hungry orcas in an attempt to save a baby of a different species? The following two incidents reveal how humpback whales did both of those things, adding a whole new meaning to the phrase "gentle giants.'

Hungry, Hungry Whales

Leda Huta | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Leda Huta

Orcas can be found in oceans across the world. Though they're beloved, the orcas that live off our U.S. Pacific coastline -- the Southern Resident Killer Whales -- are endangered.