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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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New Blurbs for “Death at SeaWorld”

Much has been written lately about the growing controversy of keeping killer whales in captivity. “Death at SeaWorld” has been mentioned in much of the coverage. The following blurbs have been posted at the DASW review page at Amazon.com, or … 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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“Shamu” to be Defended by Justice Scalia’s Son

SeaWorld has just pulled out a big legal gun in its ongoing fight against the Obama Administration over trainer safety at the company’s three killer whale stadiums. Eugene Scalia, the son of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, once described … Continue reading

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NYT’s Science Times Section Weighs in on Orca Captivity

Major feature, beautifully written, in Tuesday’s Science Times section of The New York Times that bills Blackfish and Death at SeaWorld as a twin assault on captivity, and gives ample coverage to Dr. Naomi Rose, who is a major figure … 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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THE REAL SEAWORLD – Humane Society Video Extolls the Wonders of Wild Killer Whales

Although released earlier, I thought I would send this great video around once more, in light of all the wonderful publicity being brought this summer to killer whales, in the ocean, and in captivity – where they both face serious … Continue reading

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Paperback In Second Printing!

I am thrilled to announce that St. Martin’s Press has ordered a second printing of the paperback version of Death at SeaWorld, after only 16 days on sale. Amazon UK has run out completely, and other venues are now reordering … Continue reading

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NPR.org Interview with David Kirby on ‘Blackfish’ and SeaWorld

From Barbara King, author of the wonderful book, How Animals Grieve: ‘Blackfish’ Takes Aim At SeaWorld by Barbara J. King July 17, 2013 3:19 PM In a photo released by SeaWorld San Diego, Kasatka, a killer whale who is approximately … Continue reading

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SeaWorld’s Clumsy Attack on “Blackfish”

SeaWorld has unleashed a bitter attack on the new documentary, Blackfish, accusing the filmmakers of being “shamelessly dishonest,” and filling the movie with serious inaccuracies. As someone who has followed the saga of Tilikum and deceased trainer Dawn Brancheau for … Continue reading

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