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SeaWorld May Lose Killer Whale Shows Thanks to Shocking Documentary (Video) Added by Tracy Rose on March 7, 2014. Saved under animals, Science, Tracy Rose Tags: seaworld SeaWorldSeaWorld is known for its killer whales. The orcas are often what draws visitors to the park. At the same time, the company has received much criticism for keeping the whales captive and putting their trainers at risk. Blackfish, a shocking documentary about the killer whales at SeaWorld, has sparked quite a controversy. Now a California lawmaker is pushing legislation that would ban SeaWorld from using the killer whales for entertainment purposes, thus putting a stop to their shows.
Blackfish is a documentary that was released in 2013. It focuses on the killer whales held in captivity at SeaWorld, specifically, it tells the story of Tilikum, the 12,000 pound whale who is known to have killed several people since being held captive. Dawn Brancheau, a senior trainer at SeaWorld was killed by Tilikum in February, 2010. Her family was not involved in the film and say that if she were here today, she would still be working with the animals.
Two former SeaWorld trainers involved in the controversial documentary “Blackfish” say the film is deceiving and includes speculation from inexperienced trainers who were not involved in the incidents they discussed.
“I was physically present during many of the events that (the trainers) talked about in the movie, and I can tell you firsthand they completely misrepresented, provided disinformation and in many cases blatantly lied about those events,” said Simmons, who founded a marine mammal research and conservation organization in Orlando after working at SeaWorld from 1987 to '96.
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As someone who used to work at Sea World, I can tell you that you're wrong. All the animals are treated well and the trainers truly love them. Sea World rescues Orcas and other sea creatures all the time. The ones they rescue do not perform. When they are given a clean bill of health, they are released back into the ocean. The Orcas that perform were born in captivity and wouldn't survive long in the wild. They are not forced to perform tricks and when they do, do tricks they don't do anything that Orca's wouldn't do in the wild. It's Sea World's policy. At least it was while they were still owned by Anheuser-Busch.
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Get both sides before you pass judgement.
Are the trainers from Sea World "rescuing" Dolphins in Taiji? NO!