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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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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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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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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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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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CBS News: Free Shamu? Debate heats up over captive killer whales

David Kirby appeared on CBS this Morning on Saturday, August 2, to discuss the growing debate over killer whales in captivity. The video clip may be viewed here.

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ANOTHER Dreadful Day at SeaWorld – Dolphin Leaps Out of Tank

This video, posted by PETA, has just appeared on YouTube. It appears to be the dolphin feeding pool at SeaWorld San Antonio, though confirmation from SeaWorld is still pending. It was not immediately known overnight who took the video, or … Continue reading

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How One Family Went From SeaWorld Fans to Foes in a Single Show

(Excerpted from TakePart.com) Last Saturday, when Carlo De Leonibus and his wife took their daughter, Cat, to SeaWorld Orlando for her 11th birthday, they expected yet another exciting afternoon of whale and dolphin watching. SeaWorld was a regular destination for the … Continue reading

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