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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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What’s Killing the Killer Whales? A Bitter Fight on San Juan Island

 First Published at TakePart.com What’s killing the killer whales of the Pacific Northwest? It’s an urgent question with complicated answers. It’s also the subject of a long-simmering, rancorous debate on Washington’s San Juan Island, where the battle took on renewed … 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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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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