FL - Dawn Brancheau, Female Trainer Killed at Shamu Stadium

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  1. jon_burrows

    jon_burrows New Member

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    It's really sad what people will do for money. The Irwins will not allow any questions about Blackfish or orcas during their interviews so they know exactly what they are supporting. imo

    “Team Irwin told Good Morning America if they wanted to have the family on the show to make the announcement about Bindi teaming up SeaWorld, there had to be absolutely no questions about Blackfish. “It was even taken a step further and producers were told questions about killer whales, orcas, were also prohibited."


    "“Bindi was given talking points from SeaWorld and the entire announcement was extremely well choreographed and planned. SeaWorld needed this announcement to come off with no diversions.”


    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2...hunters-widow-seaworld-blackfish-documentary/
     


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    jon_burrows New Member

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    News conference regarding the bill.

    Dr. Naomi Rose (marine mammal scientist who participated in A Death at SeaWorld) @ :36

    Carol Ray (former SeaWorld trainer featured in blackfish tells more heart breaking stories from her days at SeaWorld) @ 4:38

    John Hargrove (former Seaworld trainer in blackfish) @ 8:20

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vgfSra9raI&feature=youtu.be
     
  3. Steft50

    Steft50 Having Fun

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    I feel the ban should include dolphins too. My dream vacation my entire adult life had been to swim with the dolphins. Until a couple years ago anyway. I watched a film about the dolphin captures and kills in a cove in Japan. The practise is horrible, barbaric, and cruel and needs to be stopped. The film is free for viewing on the internet and it's called The Cove. I don't want to put the link in just in case it's not allowed.
     
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    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    "While I have not visited any of the SeaWorld USA locations, and have no intention of doing so, I am aware of the controversy regarding the treatment of killer whales that has come to light with the release of the 'Blackfish' documentary," he said in a statement.

    "Steve and I were 100% dedicated to ensuring that any animals kept in the Australia Zoo collection were kept in the most natural environment possible, given copious environmental enrichment and kept under extremely high animal welfare standards," he continued.

    "The Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. and I do not support the use of captive animals for the performance of tricks with the intent of mere entertainment for financial gain."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...cing-backlash-article-1.1719777#ixzz2vo4oPwCV
     
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    I live on an island surrounded by dancing orcas. In the 60's, there were constant shows they performed naturally to amazed audiences. Then they captured SIXTY of our orcas and now, if you want to see one, you have to watch very closely. Put them back in our ocean! Mostly for their sake but even for ours! Forget seeing them beg like a dog for a stupid treat; it is just too wrong on so many levels. SIXTY orcas taken from our pod. And the two surviving still speak the same language as their pod and could and would reunite. I tried to stay off this thread because it just ignites me. I remember being held over the bridge by my dad to watch those whales and then they came and took them. At least our newspaper made them out to be the evil they were. I will see what links I can find, if any. We have a couple of whale museums on the island trying to get our oldest back; it is just heartbreaking!
     
  7. jon_burrows

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    John Hargrove (former SeaWorld trainer) testified in support of AB-2140 (aka the Blackfish Bill) yesterday. His testimony was a tearjerker. A few snippets:

    "We witnessed sterotypic and obsessive compulsive behavior such as banging their faces and heads against the pool walls and floor"

    "Nearly every single killer whale regurgitated their food after we ended out interaction."

    "We consistently forced our whales into the smallest pool of the facility known as the med pool (8' deep and roughly 15' x 25')...The whales were forced to float motionless for sometimes up to hours at a time."

    http://jmventre.tumblr.com/post/82172284704/john-hargroves-powerful-testimony-in-support-of

    The entire hearing:

    http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=2004
     
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    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Blackfish will air again tonight on CNN at 9PM EST. It's also available on Netflix.

    The National Aquariam in Baltimore, MD announced that it may retire its eight bottlenose dolphins-possibly to a seaside sanctuary. They also suspended their breeding program. Quote from the CEO of the Aquariam:

    "Times have changed, and our understanding of the needs of the animals in our care has changed. A lot of very valid research has been done in the last 20 years to open our eyes to the cognitive and social behavior of dolphins. It's incumbent upon us to avail ourselves of these findings, and that means figuring out how we can better care for these dolphins in the future."

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/...aquarium-sanctuary-captivity-oceans-science/#

    Sea Shepherd has also commented:

    "Sea Shepherd is asking our supporters to send polite comments to the National Aquarium thanking them for considering this option and encouraging them to move forward with their plans to close their “Dolphin Discovery” exhibit and relocate the dolphins to a sanctuary. Please also urge the aquarium to explore the possibility of becoming a rehab and release facility."

    http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and...hin-exhibit-relocate-dolphins-to-sanctua-1586
     
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    I am watching Blackfish right now.
    I am in tears and absolutely disgusted.
     
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    Don't know if it will help, but I just signed the petition to free Tilly at change.org

    Is there anything else I can do?
     
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    "Former orca trainer and “Blackfish” contributor John Hargrove has signed a book deal with Macmillan Publishing.

    Entitled "Beneath the Surface,” the memoir will chronicle his 14 years at SeaWorld as an orca trainer and sets out to tell the stories of the whales Hargrove worked with and came to love. The book will showcase his experiences and advocacy for this to be the last generation of killer whales in captivity, it will also will raise awareness about the issue and help put a stop to SeaWorld’s captivity of these magnificent animals.

    Expect to see “Beneath the Surface” on bookshelves sometime during Spring 2015."

    http://www.marineconnection.org/news/general/captivity_former%20orca%20trainer%20signs%20book%20deal.htm
     
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    I am all for freeing Tilly, but Tilly could not survive in the wild now. Been in captive too long. Where could he be freed to? This is all the life he knows. Don't get me wrong, I don't like to see these animals caged up either. But where would they go, they would die in the wild now.


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  16. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    A sea pen. He would still be cared for. Just not forced to do circus tricks for his food.

    JMO

    ETA:

    If Tilikum were moved to a sea pen (ideally in Iceland, where he too was captured, in 1983), he would be stimulated enough even without direct contact with his caretakers. This would maximize both his welfare and his caretakers' safety.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/02/27/rose.whale.keiko/
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    It's disgusting isn't it?

    It will open the door to astronomical lawsuit payouts on behalf of the dead & injured trainers though? Won't it?

    I hope so.

    I hope Sea World's sued into oblivion... I hope they rethink and cease operations as they are now or go out of business.

    I think that documentary should be shown to every elementary public school student. That would finish them off.


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    Spread the word, not just about SeaWorld but any business that displays cetaceans. I just learned the Mirage in Las Vegas has dolphins. See video below. If I go back to Las Vegas I definitely won't stay there. Profit is the bottom line driving this abuse. When paying customers go elsewhere the incentive to display them disappears.

    I watched a video of Samantha Berg (former SeaWorld trainer) speaking and she said the dolphins had it worse than the orcas.

    The dolphins of the Mirage Hotel. Las Vegas on Vimeo
     

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