Need 96k signatures by Feb 2nd!

I personally amNOTtrying to shut down SeaWorld, We’re confident they can run a park that is both entertaining and educational without exploiting sentient, highly intelligent marine animals.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! These animals deserve to live out their existence without being forced to perform tricks for the sake of entertainment!


EDIT: petition did not reach 100k, has been taken down.

"I love how SeaWorld keeps suggesting that somehow Blackfish’s ‘undeserved’ success has prevented it from ‘telling its side of the story.’ SeaWorld was in a position to tell its side of the story for 45 years - in fact, during that time it had almost exclusive use of the mike. Turnabout is fair play, SeaWorld - get over it." - Dr. Naomi Rose

There’s no excuse for animal abuse! by Alex Thomson

On Oct 7th 2012 I was proud to be a part of a group of over 800 protesters who stood together against the abuse and animal cruelty that goes on at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario. 
It was a peaceful demonstration with musical guests, entertainers, politicians and animal rights activist Ric O’Barry (The Cove).

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Back at it. Louie and his team just released the trailer for “6” 

The Cove is an Oscar Award winning documentary that was made in 2009 directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DePré Presmen and Fisher Stevens. Ric O’Barry, an acclaimed dolphin trainer, leads a group of activists to investigate and expose the happenings of a hidden cove in a lagoon in Taiji, Japan. Hundreds of dolphins are herded and sealed into the lagoon by a dozen or so boats driven by fishermen that use sound in order to scare the dolphins into going in a specific direction; towards the lagoon. Certain dolphins are chosen by dolphin trainers to be sent to different aquariums and dolphinariums around the world. The dolphins that are not chosen are slaughtered in what is known as the cove, hidden from the public. In addition to the thousands of dolphins killed each year, the film also depicts the dangers of mercury in the dolphin meat that is being sold in food markets. 

Using underwater microphones and hidden cameras, Ric and his team were able to obtain audio and video footage of the events that actually occur in the cove to prove the inhumane killings of dolphins by Taiji fishermen and to spread the word to people all over the world. This film is riveting, shocking, and extremely heart breaking. I suggest that everyone watch this and share this with their friends to continue to get the word out about dolphin hunting in Japan, however I will warn you that there is upsetting footage of dolphin slaughter.

You can visit The Cove's website here and you can download the movie here.


Aerial view of SeaWorld Orlando’s orca tanks and Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman’s seaside estate in the Hampton’s. The length of his house is 63.77 feet longer than the length of the orca tanks. Schwarzman’s home sits on 9.9 acres and is 20,000 square feet. He also owns a 20,000 square foot, 37-room home in Manhattan, along with several other homes around the world.

There are seven orcas sharing the tanks at SeaWorld Orlando. Stephen Schwarzman is 5’6”. The orcas are kept at SW Florida are:

-Tilikum: 22 feet long

-Skyla: 18.8 feet long

-Katina: 17 feet long

-Trua: 12 feet

-Nalani: 7 feet long

-Makaio: 7 feet long

-Malia: 6 feet long

In the wild these animals would spend their lives with a family swimming up to 100 miles day. At SeaWorld they are forced to perform and swim in circles in exchange for their unnatural meal of dead fish.

These orcas are stuck and forced to live within confines smaller than that of the man who owns them. Not only can Stephen Schwarzman leave his property, which dwarfs the orca tanks at SeaWorld, but in a twist of sick irony he also has a view of the ocean that the orcas were stolen from.

Stephen Schwarzman, SeaWorld and any and all SeaWorld supporters should be ashamed of themselves. Every dollar spent at SeaWorld goes into the pocket of Stephen Schwarzman so he can continue to live a lavish and self-indulgent lifestyle while the animals he exploits suffer.

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Now, I don’t claim that this guy made his fortune solely on SeaWorld profits, but this still feels wrong.

Ric O’Barry will be joining us in Vegas for a special Q&A segment and meet and greet. If you always wanted to meet him, start planning. Especially all you out of towners.. now is time for the vegas vacation you’ve always wanted! See you July 24th! 

ps- tumblr superpod, please help me boost this post! i need to fill up every available seat in this venue!

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I have no doubt in my mind that the trainers who work at SeaWorld and interact with the animals daily love them more than any of us could possibly imagine. I appreciate the work that they do and I don’t imagine many people have entered into a career as physically and emotionally challenging (and rewarding) as being a killer whale trainer is.

I respect that despite all of the current media frenzy and war of words against Blackfish and SeaWorld, that this trainer was able to acknowledge that the film has given people the incentive to care enough to even ask questions. I also agree with her that there are some people, on both sides of the spectrum, that are not doing their research before they formulate an opinion, and instead resort to ignorant and hateful tactics to try and get their point across. 

However, I find it offensive to listen to a trainer speak to the public and say, “To me, whether it’s a killer whale or a sea lion, let’s not differentiate based on their size or their intelligence.” Which seems to insinuate that there is no correlation between the size of an animal and the size of its habitat; instead the trainer interprets their environment as adequate if they are “happy” (anthropomorphism), breeding (not naturally), eating and interacting.

I also find it offensive to listen to a SeaWorld trainer (basically) disregard and trivialize the 40+ years of research scientists and doctors have gained from studying wild orca populations by insinuating that SeaWorld’s research of their killer whales has been at the forefront of helping the research of wild population dietary habits and vocalizations.

Lastly, the wild population of orcas in the Puget Sound: The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to have their winter foraging areas designated and protected as “Critical Habitat.” (See more Here.) The SeaWorld trainer in the video acknowledges that this problem is due to overfishing and pollution, amongst other issues. I would love to know how this trainer believes working with the killer whales in SeaWorld will benefit that wild population. Perhaps, when their PR team is finished defending themselves against Blackfish, they can start by raising awareness and then donate to the ocean cleanup where these whales frequent.


Fiftieth Anniversary of ‘Flipper’ Overlooks the Truth

As Miami Seaquarium in Florida gears up for a year long celebration of the television show ‘Flipper’, the story of the real Flipper was nothing to celebrate.

It was 1964 when Flipper first broadcast on the NBC network. It was an instant hit with children around the globe. Produced in cooperation with Miami Seaquarium, the show ran for almost four years. Millions of people came to love and admire the smart bottlenose dolphin who could solve everyone’s problems.

"They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning…"

“Miami Seaquarium is very proud of its association with ‘Flipper,’” said Andrew Hertz, president and general manager at Miami Seaquarium. To prove it, the marine park is hosting a year-long celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dolphin show.

The Seaquarium’s: “A Year Full of Wonder,” will consist of a new Flipper Splash Area for kids, and a new Flipper Dolphin Show,” the aquarium said in its press release. It “will let everyone know what Flipper has been up to in recent years,” they explained.

Except the real Flipper, died a long time ago, not very long after the show ended.

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A Filipino artist has painted 35,000 dolphins across the Philippines. AG Sano, an environmental and artist activist undertook these paintings after watching ‘The Cove’ and became so overcome with emotion that he quit his job and dedicated his time to protecting these dolphins by painting one wall at a time.

Sano said of ‘The Cove’:

"I could not sleep after seeing ‘The Cove’ because of the images we saw. I tapped into the emotions flowing the next morning, looked for spare paint, asked a friend if I could paint his wall and he said yes"

Images of Sano’s work were posted on Facebook, and a stranger rang Sano offering his house as a canvas and this is when the campaign was born! Soon invitations flooded in and Sano travelled across the country to paint the images of dolphins, as curiosity grew so did peoples participation.

"Everyone who walked by - whether policeman, businessman, politicians, street cleaners - would stop, watch for a while and then start asking questions. I would explain my advocacy, offer them a paintbrush, and soon they would start helping me"

A year later and this awareness campaign has lead to 35,000 dolphins painted on more than 200 walls with  more than 25,000 volunteers. Ric O’Barry made a visit in 2012 and painted a dolphin with Sano, Sano said at the time of O’Barry’s visit:

"Having him here to support the local campaign against captivity with the intention of bringing the issue to the international arena is the most important thing that has happened to our advocacy. Once his brush touches the wall I shall call him our MVP - most valuable painter."

Sano credits British graffiti-artist Banksy as an influence. Banksy also uses public art as a way of sharing his ideas.

"Painting dolphins on public walls to raise awareness was an instinct based on his influence. To meet one’s hero would be awesome. To paint a dolphin with him in the streets of London would be out of this world!"

 The artists’ original idea was to paint one dolphin for each of the 23,000 dolphins killed at Taiji, Japan. However, he was asked by the department of natural resources to create the Philippines’ longest wildlife mural, a project designed to raise awareness for the need to protect the world’s oceans. In May 2012, 1000 volunteers joined Santo to paint a 1075m long ‘Biodiversity Wall of Nature’ in Quezon city, showcasing over 200 species of marine and mammal life in the Philippines.

AG Sano still continues to paint murals wherever requested. However, he now concentrates on ending captivity of dolphins in the Philippines, many of whom are believed to have come from Taiji.