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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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More bad news for Sea World as poor financial results are revealed

Following the recent 13 percent fall in visitor numbers, Sea World’s first quarter earnings for 2014 have now been released and show an 11 percent decrease on last year’s first quarter to $212.3 million. The latest fall comes on the back of the recent negative, global public reaction to the captivity industry which followed the…

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A personal reflection on time with orcas

As the Icelandic orca watching winter season comes to a close for another year, our guest blogger and WDC friend, Sam Lipman, reflects on her time with this population and others she has been fortunate to encounter around the world. I have spent time with just three of the 40+ known populations of orca that…

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Debate opens on California bill to end orca captivity

The California Assembly in the US has held the first hearing on a bill that would end killer whale shows in the US State.The Bill has been put forward by Democratic Assemblyman, Richard Bloom and follows the release of the film ‘Blackfish’, which raised the profile of the cruelty behind captive orca shows and documents…

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Sea World visitor numbers plunge

The number of people visiting Sea World’s marine park captivity shows between January and March has fallen from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a slide of 13 per cent. Sea World, which has parks in Florida, Texas and California, has also seen an annual fall in visitors of over 4 percent.…

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EU Dolphinaria-free zone

This week, WDC joined other leading whale and dolphin experts from around the world to attend a high profile EU-oriented public event in Brussels. The event called upon European citizens, Euro-Parliamentarians and Member States’ Governments to end captive dolphin shows and interactive sessions which exploit the animals and compromise their welfare. The fact remains that…

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Marius the giraffe

Unethical, cruel, barbaric – these are just some of the terms the world’s media has used to describe the practices of Copenhagen zoo and their decision to destroy Marius, a two year old giraffe, a result of their irresponsible captive breeding programme. In spite of several offers from other European zoos and wildlife parks to…

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Joan Jett – SeaWorld stop using my music

Joan Jett has become the latest popular musician to come out against SeaWorld and its captive orcas shows by demanding that they stop using her song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” during SeaWorld performances. The theme park has since stopped using the song, and Jett’s name can now be added to an ever-growing list of…

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WDC Responds to SeaWorld’s Public Relations Campaigns

During the final weeks of December 2013, SeaWorld finally launched a counter-offensive public relations response to the growing tide of public discontent that has been mounting through an outpouring of social media and other events since the general release of the documentary Blackfish in July 2013. Compounding the ever-surmounting pressure undoubtedly spurred by the late-October…

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There‘s no place like home

SeaWorld’s response to the growing ‘Blackfish effect’ continues to be that the movie is a misrepresentation of the facts that is based on a biased agenda. This argument is significantly undermined by the constant and repeated refusal by Sea World to be interviewed or to in any way give their side of the story. For…

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