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Captivity

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.

Empty the Tanks; One Woman's Dream Resonates Worldwide

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

If you take Gandhi's statement, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," and blend it with Mother Theresa's "If you want to change the world, pick up a broom." you will have Rachel Carbary's formula for creating a successful grassroots effort for change.

Family Held Hostage For A Week, Suspect Chugs Beer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

As Benito Lopez plowed through several cases of beer over the course of the week, his girlfriend and their two children were held against their will i...

Seeing Dolphins in Oahu, Hawai'i - Wild is the Best Way

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Oahu's western shore offers a daily wild dolphin show, and with a good pair of binoculars you can see spinner dolphins from shore as they leap and twirl before settling down for their daily nap.

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.

In the Wake of Blackfish -- Is it Time to Retire the Last Killer Whale Whose Capture Was Shown in the Film?

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 12.29.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Only 14 percent of people who viewed Blackfish would choose to take their families to SeaWorld, signifying that the time has come to consider alternatives for the intelligent animals that are kept in theme parks for amusement.

Elephants, Killer Whales, and Treadmills: Exercise Is No Substitute for a Real Life

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 09.23.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Even a swimming current would do little for whales that are kept like this, but advocates hope that orcas and other whales and dolphins can be retired to ocean sanctuaries equivalent to those provided for elephants

Keiko (Free Willy): 20 Years Later, History Proves His Release to Have Been the Right Decision

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

By any measurement, Keiko's release was a phenomenal success, and the process of giving him years of health and freedom is symbolic of what we cherish most in ourselves -- the ability to act with compassion and to right wrongs; when we know better, we do better.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Imagine you are a monkey in a laboratory and a person dressed in a white coat walks into the room with a catching net. How do you think you would react?

WATCH: Trauma Victims Reveal The Surprising Way They Healed

live.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 05.12.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Tanya Nicole Kach and Chong Kim join Ricky to discuss how they helped to deal with the pain caused by kidnapping and abuse....

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Would you buy a conflict diamond, purchase a slave, or bank dividends from Auschwitz? Of course you wouldn't -- those are all questions of conscience...

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.

Strikes, Bites and Blood: The Graphic Case for Releasing Morgan, the Wild-Born Orca, from Captivity

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

For the young female orca known as Morgan, the brutal bullying by the other orcas at Loro Parque is the sad reality she faces for the rest of her life unless a court in the Netherlands intervenes.

Free Morgan: The Ocean Wants Her Orca Back

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Morgan's time in captivity doesn't preclude her from being retrained to live back in the wild, but as her court case lingers longer and longer, each day of delay condemns her to a life that is not life.

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.

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.

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.

Jaycee Dugard Describes 18 Years Of Horror In First Interview

AP | Posted 09.09.2011 | Media

SAN FRANCISCO -- Talking through tears, a California woman held captive for nearly two decades told of the pain and determination as she gave birth to...

California Condor Chick Hatches: Baby Bird Is First In More Than 100 Years Born In Federal Park

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

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