Blackfish: The Movie SeaWorld Doesn’t Want You to SeePosted by Ian Elwood, ALDF Online Editor on July 26, 2013
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Many people look back on their childhood and remember places like SeaWorld with fondness. They think of the joy of watching large, majestic orcas breaching out of blue pools on hot summer days. Through the eyes of a child, these gentle giants seem to be happy, healthy, and enjoying a playful game with their trainers. The truth, however, is that captivity for orcas is a bleak existence, and that some “killer whales” live up to their names. The new film, Blackfish, promises to take you on a tour of this darker, murkier world.
SeaWorld officials refused to be interviewed during the filming of Blackfish, but before the United States release of the film the company went on the attack, sending emails questioning the credibility of the film to select film reviewers in an apparent attempt to stagnate the film’s momentum. But it seems to have had the opposite effect. The film has generated a buzz beyond animals rights circles and has breached the mainstream moviegoers “must watch” list.
Before Blackfish started its theatrical run, ALDF caught up with David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld, which covers the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, and other, less-publicized violent incidents. After researching the book, Kirby feels unequivocal about the fact that SeaWorld’s captive orca shows are an unethical form of entertainment.
Still not convinced that keeping orcas captive to entertain an audience is unethical? Watch the trailer for Blackfish, and leave a comment below to share your thoughts about the marine mammal entertainment industry.
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