Fayetteville Observer: “I can’t put it down”

There’s a new book out today that I think is required reading for anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the glamour of SeaWorld. I was sent a pre-release copy and can’t put it down.

The book covers orcas that were captured for SeaWorld, starting back in the early 70’s, leading up the whales that are at SeaWorld as of today. One of the whales covered is Tilikum. Tilikum has been involved in the deaths of three people, the latest was Dawn Brancheau who was killed at SeaWorld in Orland back in February 2010.

I don’t want to go too much into the book, I would rather you go get a copy and read it for yourself.

But we can get into the questions the book raises: “Should killer whales be kept in captivity? Have we learned all we can from keeping them in un-natural surroundings for the last 40 some years?”

Ok, here we go. (drags soapbox over) NO! They should not be kept in captivity, not now and never should have been. There are some animals that we just cannot replicate their environment to the point they can live a natural life.

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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.”
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