How to Retire a Captive Orca: The Sea Sanctuaries of the Future

November 14, 2015 by Stav Ziv  

Newsweek

SeaWorld’sMonday announcementabout a change to its orca performanceshas not impressedthe animal welfare community and animal rights groups. CEO Joel Manby said during an investor call that the company’s San Diego park would “phase out theatrical killer whale show in 2016”—theshow known as “One Ocean”—and replace it with a “new orca experience” in 2017. “We are listening to our guests. We’re evolving as a company. We’re always changing,”Manby said. “In 2017, we will launch an all-new…
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Universities deny dolphin park’s claims of joint research

November 12, 2015 by The Australian  

The Australian

Leading universities have denied conducting scientific research with a NSW Department of ­Primary Industries-regulated dolphin park despite being listed on its website as having done so.
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SeaWorld to end killer whale shows in wake of mounting protests

November 10, 2015 by Rupert Neate  

The Guardian

SeaWorld will end theatrical orca shows atits theme park in San Diegonext year as partof a comprehensive overhaul of the company in the wake of mounting protests over its treatment of animals. Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s chief executive, said he had listened to guests’ criticism of its Shamu stadium whale circus and it would end the “theatrical killer whale experience” in San Diego by the end of 2016. He said the company will replace its Californian…
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SeaWorld fights to restore its image as shares sink in the wake of Blackfish

November 8, 2015 by Rupert Neate  

The Guardian

Sina Schmocker asks for a minute to think before responding. “I have really enjoyed seeing the whales and the other animals,” she said. “But I am really shocked by how little space they have. “I knew it would be quite small, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this small,” Schmocker said of the 5.8m gallons (the equivalent of just under nine Olympic swimming pools) of tanks behind her that are home to the…
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Whale rescue: Humpback calf caught in shark net at Soldiers Beach

November 6, 2015 by Geraldine Cardozo  

The Daily Telegraph

A baby whale trapped in a shark net off Norah Head today has been freed in a dramatic rescue as crews battled the elements to cut the animal free. A Wyong Council lifeguard was almost knocked off his jetski as he worked with rescuers to free the juvenile humpback whale which was caught in a net 500 metres off Soldiers Beach. Whale expert Ronnie Ling, of marine mammal rescue organisation ORRCA watched on anxiously as…
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Opponents of super trawler Geelong Star detect seachange under new PM

November 4, 2015 by Bruce Mounster  

The Advertiser

Opponents of the large factory freezer trawler Geelong Star are optimistic September’s change of Prime Minister could eventually lead to the trawler’s departure from Australian shores. Stop the Trawler Alliance co-ordinator Rebecca Hubbard said Liberal MPs Sarah Henderson from Victoria and Bob Baldwin from NSW had been quick to ramp up their opposition to the trawler after Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister. Ms Henderson has co-instigated a “ban the Geelong Star” rally at…
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