Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Real Tale of Winter, “the World’s Most Famous Dolphin”

Do animals pay a price for fame? Consider the case of young Winter, the internationally known dolphin who lost her flukes (tail) after a crab-trap accident and was outfitted with a prosthetic tail at Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). Hollywood … Continue reading

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Interview with Bobby Kennedy Jr. on “Ring of Fire” Radio

Ring of Fire Radio Podcast This interview was broadcast on Saturday, September 21, 2013 on “Ring of Fire” radio. In it, RFK, Jr. interviews David Kirby about the paperback release of Death at SeaWorld, and current issues in the growing … Continue reading

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One Japanese Protester’s Fight Against the Cove Slaughter

First Published at TakePart.com The whale and dolphin drive in Taiji is now in its fourth week and protests have been staged around the world, including in Japan. But the annual slaughter has always received far more media attention and public … Continue reading

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20 Years After ‘Free Willy,’ Debate Continues Over Its Star Keiko

Killer whales, it seems, are just about everywhere these days, with the recent release of the documentary Blackfish, the paperback version of Death at SeaWorld, and the 20th anniversary of the blockbuster film Free Willy, which starred an orca named Keiko, who was … Continue reading

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Shamu Gets A Treadmill: Does It Make Captivity Better?

First Posted at TakePart.com If a factory farm in the Midwest—crammed with so many pigs they could not turn around—installed a small outdoor area where the animals could move about for a brief time each day, would that excuse the … Continue reading

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The Slaughter You Never Heard of: Seven Times Bigger than The Cove

First Published at TakePart.com Every year for the past decade, volunteers from around the world have made a pilgrimage of protest to Japan, home to the eight-month bloodbath of whale and dolphin slaughter in the cove at Taiji. That hunt … Continue reading

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New “Death at SeaWorld” Column Now Up At TakePart

TakePart has gathered all my stories about the captive display industry and put them into a special series/column called “Death at SeaWorld.” It allows readers and journalist to see many of the major cetacean captivity stories of the past year … Continue reading

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Dolphin Buyers Change Cove’s Calendar to Distance Selves from Taiji Slaughter

From www.takepart.com  In Taiji, Japan, dolphin buyers hide behind separate ‘herding exercises’ for live captures. Critics call it a PR move that doesn’t exonerate financial support of the slaughter. In recent years, the dolphin drives that corral hundreds of animals … Continue reading

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SeaWorld Cuts Part-Time Hours, Dodges Obamacare – No Surprise To Me

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those … Continue reading

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