don't get blackfished

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Petition | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Academy Awards, or Oscars): Deny a nomination of Best Documentary for the film Blackfish on the grounds that it is not a documentary | Change.org

Please sign and share this petition against “Blackfish” winning the best documentary award! This “documentary” does not meet the qualifications of a real documentary due to its lies and contradictions. The directors were only in it for the awards and money. They were deceitful to many trusting people. Every vote counts! Please help!

When Activism Gets Hypocritical.

Because of what I have read about these activists and their latest scheme, I just need to get this off my head. While I have nothing against sea pens as long as they have filtration systems that are meant to keep the pens clean and healthy for the animals:

*Why would these activists want a sea pen in an area that is considered to be “critical habitat” for endangered Southern Resident orcas and other marine animals that are equally threatened?

*Where are they going to get the funds from?

*Where are these “300 whales and dolphins” going to be coming from if no accredited facility is going to send a few animals over there?

*Will there be a filtration system to keep the pen clean as it’s required by U.S. law?

*If this is a rescue facility, then will the animals that the U.S. government declares as “non-releasable” be able to stay in the sea pen or will they end up like the animals in the hands of PETA?

*What could happen to the 300 animals if the funds for the pen were to run out all together just like they did with Keiko?

*Most of all, how they are going to be able to pull this off without any legal problems nor Native American opposition of any kind?

These are questions that these activists never answered nor brought up at all when they talked about coming up with their own version of SeaWorld as a sea pen. But, animal rights people are unlikely going to answer any of those questions anyway because they are probably going to want to make money with the animals and sell it completely as an animal rights agenda. In the process, they may end up collecting millions of dollars in donations for a project that obviously will never be realized and get away with it. Yet, this is the same strategy with all animal rights groups that sees any wildlife issue that is worth making money off.

Anyway, I just find it hypocritical for activists to say that it’s not okay for an accredited science-focused zoological facility to operate zoos and aquariums that welcome guests and educate the public about animals but it’s alright for these extremists with no animal care experience to do the same. On a side note, they may not even realize that the cost of keeping marine mammals in human care is expensive. For example, it costs Dolphin Research Center $300,000 a year to give their animals the world-class care that they care from their trainers and vets everyday and this comes from mainly public donations alone. At Miami Seaquarium, caring for Lolita the killer whale costs the facility nearly $100,000 alone to just simply feed her but the figure does not consider the cost of maintaining her small pool, the preventative health care she gets from the great vets that she has there, labor, food storage nor for ongoing maintenance. Not even the tax status of the facility can change this fact at all. Meanwhile the “proposed” facility had to potential of costing hundreds of millions of dollars a year just to feed and care for these “300 animals”. Do activists think they can really maintain this? This is especially after what happened with Keiko when the funds to care for him dried up and he was released only to suffer an unnecessary death a year later.

It’s just now making me realize that the reason why these extremists oppose the killer whale expansion at SeaWorld is not because they care about the animals, but because they want their very own private SeaWorld. Enough said.

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New interview, this time with Bridgette Pirtle-Davis, ex-SeaWorld trainer who was involved with Blackfish.

The first half-hour or so they talk mostly about her memories and experiences, and at about 35½ minutes in, they start talking about Blackfish, and from there on it’s about that, her journey away from Blackfish, and the ongoing controversy.

I don’t feel the need to quote her as much as Mark Simmons, but just this one, about the anti-caps or so-called “activists”:

“It’s not about doing what’s right, it’s about being right.”

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I made this one a few months ago.
I don’t need to repeat the full video description with sources, as it’s already on YouTube, but I want to adress some things I would want to “correct” (it happens with nearly all my videos that I learn new things in the later months, either about video making or the topic ath and).

* I’m still not sure whether Morgan is owned by SeaWorld or Loro Parque. Anyway, it was sort of a mistake to call her “wild-caught” - but I meant that as, she was born in the wild.
* I’m not sure if the eight separations I mention were the only ones, as I had an insufficient database as source when I wrote that.
* The “65-70%” with collapsed dorsal fins was a poor number from me stretching what is considered an adult. And even some with an impressive dorsal like Ikaika, it is turning over. Valentin seem to be the only male over the age of, say, 15, where the dorsal is still “rather” straight.
* There is a picture of what I thought was Tilikum on a slideout, since the picture was taken in Orlando, and I thought, “large male with dorsal to the left in Orlando, it’s Tili”, while I’ve recently learned to tell the difference between them better, and just noticed that he’s missing the black freckles on the eyepatch, his flippers are too small, and the eyepatch has a different shape. So I looked it up, the picture was taken in 2006, and it must be Taku.