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.
It's a provocative question: If an aquarium or zoo possesses a member of an endangered population, should it be required to attempt to return it to the wild and that home population? A federal decision on the captive orca Lolita yesterday may have shifted the ground rules of that debate.
There's a reason Sea World wouldn't come on CNN to talk about 'Blackfish': The facts are not on their side.