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Tilikum's Health Rapidly Declining

WDC is saddened to hear the news that the health of Tilikum, the dark star of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, is deteriorating. SeaWorld reports that he has been lethargic for several weeks and is apparently suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection in his lungs which they refer to as “chronic and progressive”.  (Image of Tilikum…

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Increasing the size of orca tanks sounds like a good idea, but…

(The statement below was excerpted from WDC’s official letter to the California Coastal Commission) WDC encourages the California Coastal Commission to deny the coastal development permit sought by SeaWorld for its Blue World orca tank expansion project. We believe that what are relatively marginal increases in orca habitat (in comparison to an ocean environment) will not…

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Barbie turns her back on SeaWorld

Toy giant, Mattel has announced that it is stopping the production of all SeaWorld-branded merchandise, including SeaWorld Trainer Barbie dolls. Mattel launched the Trainer Barbie line in 2012 but the company will no longer be selling the toy partly due to growing unrest over the treatment of orcas in captivity. Other big name companies have…

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SeaWorld now faces lawsuit from visitors to its parks

SeaWorld is facing potential legal action from thousands of visitors to its parks over allegations regarding the treatment of orcas that it holds captive in tanks. The true and disturbing nature of orca captivity shows was revealed in the hit documentary film, Blackfish, and the public has now started to turn its back on these theme…

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SeaWorld tries to refresh its tarnished image with new ads

SeaWorld Entertainment has launched its latest new ad campaign to try to halt falls in attendance and revenue, and to counter criticism about keeping whales and dolphins captive in small tanks. SeaWorld has suffered since the public backlash against captivity that was enhanced by the release of the documentary, Blackfish. The film looked into the…

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Former SeaWorld CEO accused of insider stock market deals

More controversy surrounds SeaWorld after court document reveal a group of SeaWorld shareholders accused the company’s former CEO of making millions of dollars on “suspicious” insider sales of SeaWorld stock at the same time the award-winning documentary, Blackfish, was gaining public acclaim after it showed the sad plight of orcas held in captivity. Some investors,…

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