Posts Tagged ‘Blackfish’

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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SeaWorld’s revenue drops again as public turns away from captivity

Following recent news of the death of a captive beluga in a tank at SeaWorld Orlando, and the announcement that visitors would no longer be allowed to feed dolphins by hand unsupervised, SeaWorld’s troubles continue after the company’s latest financial figures were released today. The final quarter figures reveal a drop of $7.4 million, or…

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US football team cuts ties with SeaWorld

US football team, the Miami Dolphins have announced they are severing ties with SeaWorld after a two-year marketing partnership that included ticket offers to the marine theme park. The Dolphins are the latest in a line of other big-name companies to  cut ties with SeaWorld including Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, Panama Jack, STA Travel, Taco Bell…

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SeaWorld to make pools bigger after share price drops

Following growing public criticism of its captive orca shows, SeaWorld has announced that it is to build new, larger pools its theme parks. The announcement also comes after the company’s shares traded near to their lowest point since SeaWorld was listed on the stock market last year. The release of the 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish’ caused…

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SeaWorld’s stock sinks – is the writing on the (tank) wall?

By any definition, yesterday was a disastrous day for SeaWorld as their shares lost a THIRD of their value in a single day after the company announced its second quarter results. In what has become known as the Blackfish Effect, the company acknowledged that recent media debate about its treatment of captive orcas has hurt…

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