Death at SeaWorld

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

David Kirby exposes the dark side of SeaWorld. His book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity tells the story of the two-decade fight against SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and the groundbreaking OSHA case that challenges the safety of keeping killer whales in captivity.


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Comments [6]


@ deb-
what a revelation,i know willy is dead,i'm being poetic and romantic..okay...geez..

Aug. 03 2012 11:54 AM

Willie is dead honey.

Aug. 01 2012 10:51 PM

free willy, forever..........

Aug. 01 2012 03:03 AM
linda from les

I heard that the females attacked only after communicating with Tillicon (AP?).

Jul. 31 2012 12:56 PM

For a highly social and intelligent animal, being captured and brought into captivity for human amusement is slavery, pure and simple. if their sacrifice serves their species in the wild; people who see them boycott Japan and Norway travel for their whaling policies, support ocean quality
legislation etc, this can possibly be rationalized. hey are they doing this? Nahhhh.... Sea World is a business, like a bad zoo.

Visit them in the wild instead.

Jul. 31 2012 12:51 PM
tim from nyc

may I ask why we keep these animals in captivity? there is hardly any scientific value.. it's just animal cruelty..

Jul. 31 2012 12:50 PM

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