Douglas Adams had it right. ORIGINALLY POSTED DEC 13, 2013 According to theme park news site Screamscape.com, five of the big name performers scheduled for an upcoming annual concert series at SeaWorld Orlando have cancelled their bookings over concerns about allegations brought up in the recent documentary film Blackfish. I have both seen the film, of which I was … Continue reading Can a Beluga Make Jokes About a Blackfish?
On the morning of March 3, Jose Luis Barbero Hernandez kissed his wife goodbye, stepped into his Peugeot, and drove from his home in the town of El Toro on the Spanish island of Mallorca to a meeting at which he never arrived. Out of concern that he had reported death threats following the release of an … Continue reading Dolphin Trainer’s Death Linked with Huge Aquarium Bids in Spain and Georgia
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 3, 2014 The city of St Petersberg, Russia, announced last month that it has allocated nine acres of land for the construction of a new oceanarium. Construction will begin in August, with the oceanarium opening around three years later. The US$96 million project will feature an aquarium, two arenas for performing marine … Continue reading From Russia with Love . . . and Delays: The Strange Saga of the Really Big Tanks
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 15, 2014 Apologies to the great Godfrey Reggio for appropriating the title of his short film. Make sure you take your children to see his latest, Visitors. It has a real gorilla. This blog post may seem very insensitive. Because it is. You’ve been warned. WHY KILLING ZOO ANIMALS IS COOL Recently, there’s … Continue reading Anima Mundi
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 3, 2014 I’m not an animal activist by any means. I’m not, as they say, “anti-cap.” Which is why as I read through the writings of the anti-SeaWorld and animal rights crowds, I continually become flabbergasted at how single-sided and incomplete the articles and the blog posts are. Lately, I’ve been reading … Continue reading THE BIG PICTURE – Sochi’s Orcas
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JANUARY 1, 2014 “I THINK THAT WE ARE ALIENATED FROM ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS ON THE PLANET, ALL THE OTHER SPECIES. WE WILL NOT HAVE A WORLD OF LOVE AND EVEN SELF RESPECT.” There’s a very good chance this blog post might either piss you off or make you very annoyed. It’s also … Continue reading How SeaWorld’s PR Firm Shut Blackfish Out of the Oscars
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 21, 2013 In the comments section of the blog post Can a Beluga Make Jokes about a Blackfish?, I made the following statement: The fact that CNN is broadcasting and promoting Blackfish, a film that takes aim at SeaWorld’s treatment of captive orcas (which are the largest members of the dolphin family), while … Continue reading RETRACTION (of sorts) OF COMMENTS ABOUT CNN