What to Tell People After They See “Blackfish”


Be Sure To Check Out:

DEATH AT SEAWORLD: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

by David Kirby – In Paperback from St. Martin’s Griffin July 2, 2013

  • Read More – about the personal lives of former trainers Sam Berg, John Jett, Carol Ray and Jeff Ventre
  • Learn More – about killer whales in captivity – and in the wild
  • Find Out – what ordinary citizens are doing do to end this archaic form of entertainment


1) Support an Anti-Captivity Group- Here are some of the deserving groups working for captive orcas:

Whale and Dolphin Conservation www.whales.org
Animal Welfare Institute www.awionline.org
Humane Society of the US www.hsus.org
Fins and Fluke http://finsandfluke.wordpress.com
The Orca Network http://www.orcanetwork.org
The Orca Project http://theorcaproject.wordpress.com
Voice of the Orcas http://voiceoftheorcas.blogspot.com
Without Me There is No You

2) Work the Media – Organize a captivity debate and invite press; sponsor a talk by an orca expert; write op-eds, feature articles and letters-to-the-editor for your local paper.

3) Help FreeShamu” – Some groups want freedom for wild-born orcas and retirement to sea pens for captive-born whales. To help empty the orca tanks, contact:

Animal Legal Defense Fund www.aldf.org
Nonhuman Rights Project http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/
Humane Society International www.his.org
Free Lolita Campaign – The Orca Network http://www.orcanetwork.org/retirement.html
Free Corky Campaign  http://orcalab.org/free-corky-campaign/
Free Morgan Foundation http://www.freemorgan.org/
Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy http://www.kimmela.org/kimmela-center-in- action/#Nhrp

4) Lobby – Orcas endure small pools, inter-animal violence, isolation, lack of sun protection and other violations. Contact Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at USDA to demand enforcement of animal welfare rules: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/

5) Make Your Voice Heard – Protest. Stage a demo outside SeaWorld, hand out flyers or hold up signs as guests drive in; or get people to write to SeaWorld, asking them to reinvest some of their record profits to upgrading sub-par orca tanks.


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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One Response to What to Tell People After They See “Blackfish”

  1. Beth Miller says:

    Funny how even after announcing plans to upgrade the orca tanks last year, most people are still nonsensically boycotting SeaWorld. Guess even when they try to play your game, you still won’t “play” back.

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