I finally watched Blackfish and I cried so much :( I can’t wait till California passes the new law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity.
Before Winter the dolphin’s fame, the aquarium rescued and released 5 dolphins in 9 years.
After Winter’s stardom, they have had a huge spike in income, yet they have had 0 releases in the 7 years they have had Winter.
Kind of strange for a facility who touts being so involved in rescue and release. Looks like fame got to their heads, and a once well-intentioned facility has become money-hungry.
Today is September 1st. Today thousands of people will take part in protests against the Japanese dolphin hunting season. I can’t be at any of these protests, so I’m making my mark on social media. Anyone who has seen The Cove knows how horrific the events at Taiji are. If not, I urge you to watch the film (it is very violent and dramatic in parts, you have been warned). Since the film was made, the hunters have taken action against the negative publicity by covering the cove with sheets to hide the blood, and developing a new way to kill dolphins by compressing the spinal cord, minimising the dramatic red water seen in The Cove. Not only do many dolphins die, many others are shipped in to captivity, often in China but also to the West and allegedly and bizzarely the US Navy (citationhttp://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2010/09/21/where-do-the-captured-taiji-dolphins-go-64). Orcas, not dolphins, are my area of expertise, so I leave you with some place to find more information and what you can do:
Whale and Dolphin Conservation,
Blackfish isn’t the only thing to expose Seaworld. I’m not saying it was good to edit out some to make it seem bad, but captivity there is still abuse, and no one can deny it anymore.
I feel like you missed the point of my statement. Or perhaps you’re reiterating my statement in a way… anyway, YES, the world knows SeaWorld is shit and we are working towards better lives for cetaceans (I can only hope).
But the public tends to take everything at face value as a whole, and when they do, it fucks things up.
So whoopee, Blackfish has done some good, but do not take it at face value as a “good documentary” or a decent film. People were still lied to, people were manipulated and things were taken out of context. People need to know that.
If you ignore the reality for the narrowminded purpose you need, you’ll only end up making things worse.
It doesn’t make things worse. Even if people only take the documentary at face value and never read another thing about it, they still might never buy a ticket again to an amusement park holding cetaceans and that’s good enough. If someone DID want to read more into it, like myself for example, they’d find that the conclusion is still the same: Don’t buy a ticket because SeaWorld is not a place to support. It’s the difference between Cliffs notes and reading the whole book: The ending doesn’t change and either way, Blackfish accomplishes its positive mission. And now it’s a movement.
Personally, I think people SHOULD read more about it because their lives will change for the better, I guarantee it. It’s like waking up.
I’m not trying to be deliberately obtuse, but I think you’re splitting hairs. The makers of Blackfish have explained and defended the criticism lobbed against the doc and you’ll notice SeaWorld never sued for libel… no one did. We shouldn’t forget either that Blackfish is targeting a company notorious for lying to the public, twisting facts and data, and using blatant propaganda.