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Former SeaWorld trainer says that at the end of the day, Orcas are ‘just working for their food’

In Conversation: Jeffrey Ventre

Jeffrey Ventre spent seven years as a whale and dolphin trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, during which time he became critical of the marine entertainment industry. Now a medical doctor in Washington, he has become a vocal opponent of the practice of keeping…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – October 20, 2015

‘Animal Abuse and Harassment is a Pervasive Problem in the Wildlife Film Industry’

In Conversation with wildlife filmmaker Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer is one of the world’s foremost wildlife documentary experts. Over the course of his nearly three-decade long career in filmmaking, Palmer has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the IMAX film…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – August 25, 2015

SeaWorld Attempts to Muzzle Academic and Scientist Critical of Cetacean Captivity

Effort linked to company’s portrayal of any person or group who opposes captivity as being “radicals”

When it comes to silencing those who cause damage to their bottom line, SeaWorld clearly has no qualms with pulling dirty tricks.  At the American Cetacean Society's annual conference last November, SeaWorld defied convention and requested that a panel that included scientists…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – March 6, 2015

Where in the World is Narnia, the Sochi Olympics Orca?

Activists have lost track of two captive killer whales slated to perform at the winter games’ opening ceremony

No one seems to know whereabouts of the two orcas, a female named Narnia and an unnamed juvenile male, that were reportedly going to perform at the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. News that the two killer whales were scheduled to…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – February 4, 2014

Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Generates Worldwide Condemnation

More than 250 dolphins captured, including albino calf, at least two dozen slaughtered for meat

The dolphin hunters in Taiji have kicked off the new year with a murderous and greed-driven rampage, their dolphin drive hunt in mid-January being one of the biggest in recent memory. On January 16, five separate pods of bottlenose dolphins, totaling an…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – January 23, 2014

A Silent Winter for SeaWorld?

Musicians continue to cancel gigs at SeaWorld concert series.

SeaWorld has reasons to be sad lately, as the impact of the documentary Blackfish has caused a number of prominent bands to cancel their performances at the marine park, due to concerns of the cruel and inhumane practice of confining captive orcas.…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – December 12, 2013

What India’s Decision to Ban Dolphin Captivity Means

Move indicates a growing understanding that cetaceans are ‘nonhuman persons’

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests’ decision to ban dolphin captivity within India has been making waves around the world. The unprecedented decision is particularly significant because it reflects an increasing global understanding that dolphins deserve better protections based on who…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – June 12, 2013

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