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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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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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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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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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Dolphin Buyers Change Cove’s Calendar to Distance Selves from Taiji Slaughter

From www.takepart.com  In Taiji, Japan, dolphin buyers hide behind separate ‘herding exercises’ for live captures. Critics call it a PR move that doesn’t exonerate financial support of the slaughter. In recent years, the dolphin drives that corral hundreds of animals … Continue reading

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Bikers Take On Orca Captivity

From TakePart.com Ask any biker what he loves most about riding a motorcycle, and you often get a single-word answer: freedom. Bikers cherish the ability to travel anywhere, at any time, over vast distances and with extraordinary agility. Sometimes they … Continue reading

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Beluga Whale Injures Trainer At Marineland, Canada

(Published at: www.takepart.com) A trainer was injured yesterday at Marineland, in Ontario, Canada, during a show featuring two beluga whales. The injured trainer, a young female, was taken to the hospital after the incident, according to the blog Everyone Hates … 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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