Author Archives: David Kirby

About David Kirby

DAVID KIRBY is the author of 'Evidence of Harm,' which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 'Animal Factory,' an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work 'The Jungle.' His latest book, 'Death at SeaWorld,' was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down.”

SeaWorld Loses (Again) in Fight Against OSHA

As weeks go, this one was a mixed bag for SeaWorld. Just three days after a California Assembly committee deferred voting on a bill to ban orca shows, pending further study, a Federal Court far across the country rejected SeaWorld’s … Continue reading

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If CA Passes Orca Ban, What Happens to the “San Diego 10?”

California’s Orca Welfare and Safety Act, introduced last Friday by state Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, has sent shock waves throughout the media and the captive-marine-mammal industry. The bill would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a … Continue reading

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Calif. Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

In a surprising move that is sure to send shock waves across the entire captive whale and dolphin industry, a California lawmaker will propose legislation to outlaw Shamu shows at SeaWorld San Diego. State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, will … Continue reading

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Marine Science Today Interview: Part 2

David Kirby On Captive Orcas and His Book, ‘Death at SeaWorld’ – Part 2 Written by Marine Science Today Contributing Writer Michael Bear January 10, 2014 in Interviews, Other News, Whales & Dolphins This is part two of MST contributing … Continue reading

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Forbes Blogger Resigns Over SeaWorld Dispute

Last week, journalist James McWilliams posted a brief, stinging, eloquent blog at Forbes.com about how the low-budget film “Blackfish” is taking on a multi-billion dollar company, and may be winning. The piece won him few friends among editors at the … Continue reading

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New Interview in Marine Science Today

Many thanks to Mike Bear and MST. This is Part 1 – Part 2 will run tomorrow, Friday, January 10. January 9, 2014 Editor’s Note – Contributing MST writer Michael Bear is an AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) Science … Continue reading

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The OTHER “Blackfish Effect”

Several people have asked what impact Blackfish has had on DASW, and I would have to say it has been very positive. This morning, the Amazon numbers were still running strong for Kindle and Paperback, especially for an 18-month-old title. … Continue reading

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SeaWorld’s Very Rotten Year

This year may go down in history as the beginning of the end of keeping killer whales in captivity in the United States. Theme parks like SeaWorld only have themselves to blame. While the marine mammal theme park limps toward … Continue reading

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I Remember Mandela: My Personal Encounter with a Freedom Fighter

I realize this is off topic, but I recently posted the following account of my personal memories of meeting Nelson Mandela, a leader in the fight for freedom, at TakePart.com. I was an exchange student in South Africa during the … Continue reading

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Willie Nelson: I Don’t Agree With SeaWorld

UPDATE – DEC 6, 2013 – Willie Nelson has confirmed that he pulled out of a concert at SeaWorld because he doesn’t “agree with the way they treat their animals.” Just days after the musical group Barenaked Ladies announced they … Continue reading

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