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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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Marine Science Today Interview: Part 2

David Kirby On Captive Orcas and His Book, ‘Death at SeaWorld’ – Part 2 Written by Marine Science Today Contributing Writer Michael Bear January 10, 2014 in Interviews, Other News, Whales & Dolphins This is part two of MST contributing … Continue reading

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Forbes Blogger Resigns Over SeaWorld Dispute

Last week, journalist James McWilliams posted a brief, stinging, eloquent blog at Forbes.com about how the low-budget film “Blackfish” is taking on a multi-billion dollar company, and may be winning. The piece won him few friends among editors at the … Continue reading

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New Interview in Marine Science Today

Many thanks to Mike Bear and MST. This is Part 1 – Part 2 will run tomorrow, Friday, January 10. January 9, 2014 Editor’s Note – Contributing MST writer Michael Bear is an AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) Science … Continue reading

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Willie Nelson: I Don’t Agree With SeaWorld

UPDATE – DEC 6, 2013 – Willie Nelson has confirmed that he pulled out of a concert at SeaWorld because he doesn’t “agree with the way they treat their animals.” Just days after the musical group Barenaked Ladies announced they … Continue reading

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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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