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Pipeline politics: the environment could suffer as Canadians focus on economics

Editors Note: Previously published in August 2015 on YoOceans.org. Some pictures and graphs have been updated with current information. With economic issues expected to dominate the Oct. 19 Canadian election,…

A Critical Evaluation of Marine Parks: Should Cetaceans Be Kept in Captivity?

Editors Note: This research paper was written by an 11th grade student from Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago A Critical Evaluation of Marine Parks: Should Cetaceans Be Kept in…

Interview With Deconstructing Eden Filmmaker Rick Wood

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published August 25, 2015 on YoOceans.org. The hiss of the steam wand and the unmistakable smell of freshly ground coffee beans greeted me and…

Is SeaWorld Freeing the Whales at Last?

Be Careful What You Wish For “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” ― George S. Patton   August 20,…

Orca and Humans in Captivity

Editor’s Note I collaborated with a friend on this piece who helped me put these words on paper after we watched the SeaWorld Roundtable Debate. Her name is KW. This…

Costco: Stop Selling Tickets to SeaWorld Amusement Parks

 Send a letter to Costco! Send a letter to Costco Executives and ask them to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld Parks. Letters in .PDF format, ready to be signed and…

News Release: John Hargrove Speaking at Chicago Public School

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release  Blackfish Star John Hargrove Speaking at Chicago Public School Former SeaWorld Trainer and Blackfish Movie star John Hargrove will be speaking via Skype at Lenart…

Chicago School making waves with Shedd Aquarium

A student led National Junior Honor Society initiative in honor of April Prevention to Cruelty of Animals month that led to the showing of Blackfish this week has now caught…

Chicago Public School showing Blackfish to 100 Students

SeaWorld Pledge education initiative in Chicago SeaworldPledge.org is very excited to announce that 100 middle schooler’s in a Chicago Public School will be seeing the movie Blackfish on April 30 2014.…

Blackstone Bails on SeaWorld, Invests in Competitor Merlin

Blackstone backs Merlin attraction, Sea Life As Blackstone continues to withdraw from embattled SeaWorld, they hold a large percentage of stock in rival Merlin entertainment. Blackstone has announced intent to…

Vancouver Aquarium facing Public, Government Opposition

Animal Advocates are turning the tide of perception and winning over the public and Government Almost daily now there is a new news article coming out of Vancouver B.C. relating…

SeaWorldPledge.Org launches pilot High School Curriculum Program

We are pleased to announce that SeaWorld Pledge is piloting a high school education program that will focus on orca and dolphins in captivity. Starting April 14 a high school…

SeaWorld and GA Aquarium petition to import wild-captured Beluga Whales

SeaWorld again contradicts their public statements The Georgia Aquarium is urging their supporters to sign a petition or send a letter supporting their effort to overturn the permit denial by NOAA to…

California Orca Bill AB 2140 Committee Hearing Results

AB 2140 moved to Study Group On the heels of AB 2140, arrogantly and disrespectfully deemed the “Silly Bill” by Scott Wetch being moved to a study group from the…

Beyond Blackfish – The John Hargrove Story

    John Hargrove Speaks About His Career as a Killer Whale Trainer at SeaWorld On Tuesday, April 8th 2014 John Hargrove will testify at a Water, Parks, and Wildlife…

SeaWorld goes to Sacramento

SeaWorld Reps Lobby at California Capitol If you have watched ‘House of Lies’ you probably have a vision of what it may have looked like in Sacramento today inside the…

Can we really “Save the Whales”?

 Save the Whales Man I’m sure everyone who reads this can relate to the blank stares, the uncomfortable grunts and the general ambivalence of friends and family members reactions to your…

If not freed, what does Lolita’s future Hold?

Why Lolita will be speaking French in 2015 An article in the Miami Herald Business section indicates that a deal has been made to sell Miami Seaquarium to California-based Palace…

Travel and Tourism promote Swim With the Dolphins programs – But should you?

The hidden dangers in Swimming with Dolphins Intro According to a survey in 2005, 81% of the respondents expressed an interest to interact with dolphins in a ‘Swim With’ program…

The SeaWorld Death Spiral – Part II

Blackstone to liquidate interest in SeaWorld Just after the 2013 SeaWorld earnings announcement was made, this piece, “The SeaWorld Death Spiral” was posted which clarified the true nature of their report.  At that…

SurvivorMan Les Stroud talks Nature, SeaWorld and Music

An interview with Les Stroud Last week I had the opportunity to talk by phone with Les Stroud about a variety of topics.  I had initially reached out to him…

SeaWorld International Expansion Revealed

SeaWorld to partner with Samsung in South Korea After many hours of exhausting research on theme park blogs, LinkedIn groups, International Business Journals and published articles as well as anonymous…

Indie comic book artist creates Comic strip for Seaworld Pledge

Seaworld Pledge commissioned indie comic book artist Kimberly Moseberry to create a comic strip depicting the plight of captive dolphins  and marine mammals at places like Seaworld, Marineland, Vancouver Aquarium and…

The SeaWorld ‘Death Spiral’

Deciphering the 2013 SeaWorld year-end earnings report When declining customer counts are further accelerated by raising prices to compensate for lost revenue, a company enters the ‘Death Spiral’.  Jim Smith…

Marineland Ontario – The Deadliest Place on Earth for Captive Cetaceans

“You are who you hang with,” SeaWorld Ceta-Base lists four transfers of captive born beluga whales to SeaWorld from 2006 – 2008.  Each one of these whales was the direct…

What a Preacher taught me about Animal Activism

From the time I was a young boy my Dad was a preacher.  Two services on Sunday, one on Wednesday night, prayer meeting in someone’s home on another weeknight.  There…

Richard Branson, you lost us at Vancouver Aquarium

Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin announced today that in a continuation of his ‘Engagement Process’ to vet corporate partners, he would require by September 30th, 2014 the chief executive of…

Taiji Whale Museum indicates Albino Dolphin not Dead

Ric O’Barry Confirms Many people on Twitter have been concerned about the welfare of the Albino Dolphin dubbed ‘Angel’ by advocates.  I have been in contact with Ric O’Barry today…

Act to add Section 4502 to the Fish and Game Code – California

Here is the breakdown of the California BlackFish bill: The following items will be illegal when added to existing California Fish and Game Code: Hold in captivity, or use, a…

California Assemblymen to propose Orca Law in SeaWorld’s back yard

Update Below lists SeaWorld response: After 10 News in San Diego ran a story regarding what they described as “Landmark Legislation” titled the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, I contacted…

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