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Tilikum: An Unwitting Spokesperson

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
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 ...

The Changing Business of Animal Exploitation

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.19.2017 | Home
Adam M. Roberts

However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.

News Roundup for January 6, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 01.06.2017 | HuffPost Live 321

We've got the news blues.

Tilikum, Orca At The Center Of SeaWorld Controversy, Has Died

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home

Tilikum, the SeaWorld orca featured in the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” died Friday ― two days before the company plans to officially end its o...

SeaWorld’s Controversial Orca Show Ends For Good In California This Sunday

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home

A SeaWorld park in California is finally ending its controversial killer whale show with one final performance this Sunday. The San Diego show’s clo...

Scientists Say 'Granny,' The World's Oldest Known Orca, Is Most Likely Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home

Scientists believe “Granny,” the world’s oldest known orca, has passed away after living in the Pacific, off the shores of Washington, for what ...

Manby-Pacelle Pact: Hot Air and Hollow Words On Dolphin Drives

Ric O’Barry | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Ric O’Barry

On September 28, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby, and The Humane Society's CEO Wayne Pacelle coauthored a piece for the 'Tampa Bay Times' calling on the US go...

Ending Factory Farming

Cathy Kangas | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Cathy Kangas

Photo provided by "At the Fork" We have made great strides in this country and abroad to end the abuses of factory farming. The Humane Society of t...

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

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home

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...

SeaWorld 2017 Announcement Rundown- New Coaster, Virtual Reality, and More!

Taylor Bybee | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Taylor Bybee

SeaWorld Entertainment Company has finally unveiled their plans for 2017 at their three main parks- SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. Se...

California Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home

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 | Home
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...

SeaWorld Stopped Breeding Orcas, But What About Their Other Whales?

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home

A baby beluga whale was born at SeaWorld San Antonio Thursday morning. The newborn calf is a stark reminder that although SeaWorld announced in March ...

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

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home

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

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

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Home
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.

We Still Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Orcas

Pamela Anderson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home
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.

The Humane Economy

Cathy Kangas | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
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.

The Deafening Silence of an Empty Pool and Voiceless Dolphins

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Terrie M. Williams

These are uncertain times for big charismatic animals in the oceans and on land. Many populations are declining. Money is scarce for pool repairs and big mammal research, made worse by the public's vocal distrust of scientists, zoos and aquariums.

Footage Shows SeaWorld Orca Slamming Against Gate Over And Over

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home

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 | Home
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.

Open Letter to Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, Regarding 'Keiko: The Untold Story'

Theresa Demarest | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Theresa Demarest

For so many years, SeaWorld has gotten away with convincing the public that the Keiko rehabilitation effort was a complete failure. The current television ad campaign maligning the Keiko Project is even more aggressive and deceiving than usual.

Captive Orcas Prove Sitting Is the New Smoking

Cruz Santana | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Cruz Santana

Being boxed in and lazy is killing us. It's a lesson whales have died to teach us.

Sea World Calls For End To Japanese Whaling

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.02.2016 | Home

Sea World Parks & Entertainment and the Humane Society of the United States are urging President Barack Obama to pressure Japan to end its whaling pro...

More Reflections on the SeaWorld Agreement

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.02.2016 | Home
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.

Is It Okay to Go Back to SeaWorld

Ric O’Barry | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Ric O’Barry

So is it okay to go back to SeaWorld again? I say, no. Not until an exit strategy for all dolphins is committed to by both parties. In the absence of this, it's just business as usual - and a cruel one at that.