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Dominance And Control And SeaWorld: The Paradigm Shifts

Dominance And Control And SeaWorld: The Paradigm Shifts

The news that SeaWorld would stop its orca breeding program and stop their circus acts with the animals was a powerful sign that the dominant paradigm of corporate control is beginning to shift -- and not just on the animal-rights front. We all should be celebrating.
Evidence Mounts: Big Ships Are A Noisy Problem For Orcas
Large ships are a near-constant presence for orcas in Haro Strait. Image from: David Neiwert photo

Evidence Mounts: Big Ships Are A Noisy Problem For Orcas

The conventional wisdom has held that the presence of big ships has not been a big problem for endangered orcas in the Salish Sea. That view may be about to change.
Going Clear, SeaWorld Style
SeaWorld trainers and orcas perform at the SeaWorld Orlando park's G Pool, where trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in 2010. Image from: David Neiwert photo

Going Clear, SeaWorld Style

SeaWorld has gone off the deep end, resorting to petty smear campaigns and ugly intimidation in its campaign to silence former orca trainer John Hargrove -- just like a certain cult we all know.
Propaganda Aside, Keiko's Rescue Was NOT A Failure
Keiko at the pool in Oregon, spring 1996. Image from: David Neiwert

Propaganda Aside, Keiko's Rescue Was NOT A Failure

Corporate marine parks love to claim that the effort to return Keiko, the star of 'Free Willy,' to the wild only resulted in his death. In reality, it gave him years more life.