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SeaWorld Won't Fight OSHA Citation Any Longer

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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...

The Old Lady and the Sea

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

With nowhere to go and no way to pass the hours at SeaWorld, captive orcas often gnaw on the concrete and iron-bar tank separators, sometimes breaking their teeth and leaving the pulp exposed and painfully raw.

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.

A Mother's Plea for the Orcas at SeaWorld

Tracy Reiman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Tracy Reiman

Few people today believe that keeping these animals -- who have evolved to swim in the vast open oceans over the course of millions of years -- in captivity is ethically defensible.

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.

Is It Time to End Animal Slavery? The Real Story Behind the SeaWorld Whale Machine

Nancy Colier | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Nancy Colier

If you have ever or ever intend to visit a SeaWorld-type theme park, or if you just care about the wellbeing of other creatures who share our earth, Blackfish should be mandatory viewing.

'Blackfish' Shows The Darker Side Of SeaWorld

AP | NATALIE ROTMAN | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

LOS ANGELES — What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove" did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, "Blackfish" may do for killer whales living...

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.

Movie Review: Blackfish

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been four years since The Cove -- and 20 years since Free Willy. And yet, as the upsetting new documentary, Blackfish, shows, man's inhumanity to mammals continues unabated -- as commercialized and heartless as ever, even when it includes collateral damage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.

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.

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.

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.

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.