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SeaWorld and OSHA Do Battle in Federal Appeals Court

On Tuesday, November 12, I attended oral arguments in the case between SeaWorld and OSHA in Washington, DC. The following report was originally published at Take.Part.com. The three-year legal battle between SeaWorld and the U.S. Department of Labor took a dramatic, … Continue reading

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Young People Flock to “Blackfish” on CNN

In the beginning, there was Sundance. Then came other festivals, the waves of positive reviews, SeaWorld’s pushback, and a $2  million–plus gross during the theatrical release of the anti-captivity documentary Blackfish. Then came CNN. CNN Films raised eyebrows in January … Continue reading

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Students Produce Anti-Captivity Videon in SeaWorld’s Backyard

  Two weeks after the anti-captivity documentary Blackfish premiered on CNN, elevating to the national discourse an issue that had typically been the purview of cetacean activists, students at Point Loma High School in San Diego have produced a striking … Continue reading

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Gloucester Paper Covers Keynote at World Whale Conference

I gave the keynote address at the World Whale Conference on November 7, 2013 in Gloucester, MA, with the following coverage in the local newspaper:   Author decries keeping killer whales in captivity By Sean Horgan Staff Writer Killer whales … Continue reading

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SeaWorld Says It’s Abandoning “Waterwork.” But Why?

From TakePart.com It’s been a big week for killer whales and the people who oppose captivity. Last Thursday, CNN first aired the documentary Blackfish, while running a flurry of stories about SeaWorld and the use of orcas in entertainment. But … Continue reading

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SeaWorld Responds to CNN on Blackfish – And Fails

Blackfish, the outstanding documentary about killer whales in captivity, airs this Thursday night on CNN, which posed some pointed questions to SeaWorld about the highly profitable practice. Some of the answers, provided by spokesman Fred Jacobs, range from half-truths to … Continue reading

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Swim with Dolphins, Then Eat Them? If Taiji’s Marine Park Happens, Tourists Could Do Both

This article first appeared at TakePart.com On a memorable episode of The Simpsons, Homer, Marge and the kids head to “Marine World,” where a P.A. system announcement is heard: “Folks, we’re heating up the lobster tank, so hurry on over … Continue reading

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New Feature Story in Marie Claire Australia on Killer Whales in Captivity

The November issue of Marie Claire Australia has published a major spread I wrote about the growing controversy over killer whales in captivity, in advance of the premiere of Blackfish down under. To read a PDF of the full article, … Continue reading

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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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