Tag Archives: orca

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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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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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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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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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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