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karen roseme

Mountain climber
san diego
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2014 - 11:33am PT
SeaWorld Makes List of 4 Most Hated U.S. Companies



SeaWorld has repeatedly claimed that the controversial “Blackfish” film was full of misleading evidence and was more of a propaganda piece than an objective documentary; however, it appears that the American public isn’t buying that story. According to a recent report released by Comsumerist, SeaWorld has made the list of the four most unpopular U.S. corporations.

Who made the list? SeaWorld, of course. And Walmart, Monsanto and Comcast. We could just rename the companies: Animal Abuse, Sweatshop Labor, GMOs and Terrible Customer Service.

SeaWorld’s reputation came under fire in 2013 when the premier of “Blackfish” brought the mistreatment of captive orcas to the public’s attention. In the wake the film’s release, celebrities and activists boycotted the parks, helping to spread awareness and increase support for the documentary. As park attendance plummeted and, as a result, SeaWorld’s stock value decreased, many parks were forced to lower the price of admission in order to try and make up for lost revenue.

Shortly after the release of “Blackfish,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined the ranks of SeaWorld’s critics and fined the park for failing to properly maintain flooring and tanks. The USDA determined that the health and safely of animal performers was put at risk by the outdated facilities. Then, in the beginning of 2014, SeaWorld was fined again for the same flooring issue and the use of expired surgical sutures. These sutures, if used on any of the parks’ injured animals, could result in severe and life-threatening infections.

Today, over a year and a half after the premier of “Blackfish,” the marine park operator continues to face decreased attendance and revenue. Consumerist reports that SeaWorld’s annual number of visitors fell by 4% in 2014, with even lower numbers seen in the last three months.






locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jun 26, 2014 - 11:36am PT


and in the meantime, "Free Willie" has taken on a whole new meaning...

cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Jun 27, 2014 - 09:20pm PT
That Plane Is Somethin Else!
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2014 - 06:37am PT
http://www.change.org/petitions/prime-minister-of-japan-please-stop-the-horror-in-taiji-japan#



I am writing to you all on behalf of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji Japan. LETS STOP THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL! Please sign this petition! Do you really think it is right? Would you like to be taken away from your family? Would you like to watch your family brutally killed on front of you while you are in a pool of their blood? Dolphins are very smart and they know exactly what is going on. The do not get fed when they are captured but left to starve as they await an awful death sentence. These are wild animals that belong in the world’s ocean. One of the dolphins that was recently captured by the killers was a rare white albino dolphin and that dolphin was named by Captain Paul Watson as "Bambi".The whole world now this dolphin as Bambi. This was the dolphin that captured everybody and a lot of children’s hearts. Bambi was taken from his mother’s side while their pod fought for survival. Bambi’s Mother is now Dead. Can’t you see how much distress it causes these poor creatures? This has to stop. Bambi is only a baby and now she is going to be afraid forever by the horrific experience of being torn from her Mother and now Bambi is all alone in a very small pen in Taiji Harbour waiting to be SOLD.

cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Jul 2, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
if we only ate foods from plants we could avoid all the slaughter of pigs, cows, deer, dolphins and a whole lot more
dirtbag

climber
Jul 2, 2014 - 10:25pm PT
Yes, and we all know that no animals are killed from growing crops.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jul 2, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Meantime,

Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Are Running Wild In Colombia

http://time.com/2936733/pablo-escobars-hippos-are-running-wild-in-colombia/

Moose
cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Jul 4, 2014 - 09:56pm PT
Exactly dirtbag!
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Jul 5, 2014 - 06:01am PT
That's right Dirtbag. Just say NO to Monsanto...good for you! (sarcasm just in case you didn't get it)

But really, just say NO to Monsanto...poisoning the world one crop at a time.
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2014 - 06:46am PT
Mexico has become the latest country to join the movement against marine mammals in captivity, with a proposal that would ban keeping marine mammals in captivity for entertainment or commercial breeding purposes.

The measure, proposed by Rep. Merilyn Gomez Wells, cites the psychological stress and physical harm that captivity can cause for dolphins, whales and other marine mammals.

"The dolphinariums appeared in our country in the 70s, since then this business has been protected by the absence of legal rules and currently benefiting from ineffective regulations in this area,” Rep. Gomez Wells told Noticias MVS.



If the measure goes through, Mexico won’t be alone -- India became the largest country to ban the practice last May, following Costa Rica, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland. Other countries like Greece and Belgium have banned performing animal shows, citing poor animal welfare standards in many of them. It’s worth mentioning that the U.S. hasn’t made any legal progress toward banning captive marine mammal shows -- despite having one of the largest numbers of captive dolphins in the world.


No Shit! "But really, just say NO to Monsanto...poisoning the world one crop at a time"
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2014 - 07:10am PT
Credit: karen roseme
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2014 - 06:25am PT
With many whale species still endangered, an international court has ordered Japan to halt its illegal Antarctic whaling expeditions. Tell Japan to respect the International Court of Justice, and end illegal Antarctic whaling today!

#TakeAction --> http://bit.ly/EndIllegalWhaling

karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2014 - 06:29am PT
https://www.change.org/petitions/phuket-tourism-board-stop-the-nemo-dolphinarium-in-phuket-thailand
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2014 - 07:04am PT
Victory: Southwest Airlines Cuts Ties With SeaWorld After “Blackfish” Backlash


https://www.thedodo.com/victory-southwest-airlines-cut-651103888.html


Take action: Pledge never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.
896,602
supporters have shared their voice.
HELP US GET TO 897,000
overwatch

climber
Aug 1, 2014 - 07:30am PT
Signed the first one but the take action one just goes to a blank screen that says fill in all required fields...with no fields. Sorry...I am on a phone, maybe that has something to do with it?
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Aug 1, 2014 - 10:01am PT
The public awareness from documentaries like "Blackfish" prompted the Vancouver park board to look into the dolphins and belugas at their aquarium.

Last night they decided that the cetaceans would remain in the aquarium but there would be no more captive breeding. I have no idea how they plan to enforce this! (maybe vastectomies?) And the researcher they commissioned from the Wildlife Health Centre in California would only call for "more study".

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/vancouver-park-board-opts-not-to-phase-out-beluga-dolphin-captivity-at-aquarium/article19884974/
cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Aug 2, 2014 - 11:33am PT
Just Saw Quite The Pr Advertisement For Sea World On Tv.
Look Like They Are Trying To Polishing Their Image
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Aug 10, 2014 - 09:11pm PT
The Vancouver Aquarium recently had a policy vote involving the Parks Board that administers captive cetaceans.

The rub was whether it was appropriate in modern times to continue the scientific study of captured marine mammals and the care physically and scientifically of these animals in distress, brought to the aquarium's door.

It's a powerful argument to offer help. But at what cost going forward to the realities of life, by institutionalizing a free animal that would have died naturally if not for humans help...

Ethics, ethics, ethics.

Good intentions have a bottom line:

karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
Good news...


SeaWorld shares dive as documentary spurs attendance drop




A new focus on animal rights and a hard-hitting documentary have begun to take their toll on one of the world’s leading marine theme parks.

Orlando, Fla.-based SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Wednesday that proposed legislation in California resulting from a documentary called Blackfish, which criticizes the theme park’s treatment of killer whales, have hurt attendance and the company’s bottom line. The news sent SeaWorld’s share price down nearly 35 per cent to a record low.



The backlash began shortly after Blackfish premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and became available on the streaming service Netflix. The film explores the ethics and risks of keeping massive killer whales in captivity. It focuses partly on the death of a SeaWorld trainer named Dawn Brancheau who was standing in shallow water before a crowd when a 12,000-pound Orca named Tilikum grabbed her by the hair and pulled her under water. The same whale was also involved in a trainer’s death in 1991 at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific aquarium in B.C.

The documentary spurred California lawmakers to propose a legislative amendment that would ban killer whales like Tilikum from SeaWorld’s shows, as well as impose a number of other restrictions on how they are kept and cared for. It was coverage of this legislation that SeaWorld blamed in part for its attendance woes.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/seaworld-shares-dive-as-documentary-spurs-attendance-drop/article20053631/
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Aug 13, 2014 - 05:13pm PT
An oldie but a goodie !

Credit: Harold Head
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