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Blackfish gets a BAFTA nomination but just misses out on an Oscar

In January 2013, the Sundance Film Festival in the US was buzzing with news of a documentary that was listed which would  lift the lid on the dark underbelly of a company that is considered as American as apple pie – SeaWorld. In just 12 months, Blackfish has brought the barbaric issue of keeping highly…

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Suspicion over SeaWorld online poll results

A journalist working for the Orlando Business Journal has questioned the results of an online poll run by the newspaper in late December which asked its readers if the documentary, Blackfish had changed their perception of SeaWorld. Despite the hit film exposing the cruel truth behind keeping orcas in captivity for entertainment shows, the results…

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SeaWorld counters bad publicity with newspaper ads

SeaWorld has been buying up full page advertisements in newspapers across the US in an attempt to counter the growing backlash against its killer whale shows.  Revelations about mistreatment of killer whales, and the threats to trainers were exposed in the hit documentary film Blackfish, which was released earlier in the year. The film looks…

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Killer whale film Blackfish makes Oscar shortlist

Blackfish, the acclaimed film about the plight of orcas in captivity has made the shortlist for next year’s Oscars. Blackfish is one of 15 films now left in the race for Best Documentary Feature. The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting and will now select the just five nominees…

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Blackfish strikes again

It seems Blackfish has struck another blow against Sea World and the keeping of orcas. The Mail online reports that following a ‘national outcry over the treatment of orca whales at SeaWorld’ the Canadian band, ‘Barenaked Ladies’ have cancelled an upcoming concert at the Sea World theme park. The Mail reports that, ‘The decision came…

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Blackfish on BBC Four this week – join our live web chat

The widely-acclaimed film, Blackfish, was shown BBC FOUR on Thursday. If you missed it, you can still watch it on iPlayer (UK only). In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries in a generation, Blackfish turns the spotlight on humankind’s selfish desire to confine large, intelligent marine mammals in a captive situation for our viewing pleasure.…

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SeaWorld Tries Again: DC Court of Appeals Hears Case

SeaWorld’s marathon battle to dismantle the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) original citation against its orca performances and practices continued on Tuesday, November 12th, as it presented its case in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. Technically, SeaWorld, with the help of a very high profile lawyer Eugene Scalia,…

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Sea World back in court to fight trainer ban

The battle resumes this week between the US federal government and Sea World over whether to allow Sea World’s trainers to perform alongside captive orcas in its shows. Sea World is seeking to overturn a ruling made in 2012 which prohibited trainers from conducting water work with all orcas unless protected by physical barriers or…

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Orcas aren't the only ones

In yet another bad press item this summer for SeaWorld, a young beluga, “Bella,” died after a brief and unknown illness.  This sad and premature death reflects the unhappy fate of many belugas held in oceanariums around the world.  Belugas, like orcas, are a highly social and intelligent species, and do not fare well when…

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