On July 18th, a group of nine young scholar-advocates took the stage at the San Juan Island Community Theater at Superpod 6 as part of the Second Biennial Scholar-Advocacy session.
Superpod 6 is a gathering of marine mammal experts, advocates and policy makers who convene on San Juan Island for several days to share their knowledge and ideas. This year scholar-advocates as young as 11 years old presented their original work for marine mammals and the oceans.
Here are links to these wonderful talks.
In an interview for National Geographic, Whale Sanctuary Project President Lori Marino explains why orcas experience greater stress in marine parks and aquariums than any other species.
While we applaud the SeaWorld decisions to end immediately their captive breeding program and to phase out theatrical shows by 2019, we cannot in good conscience allow the misrepresentations in your new advertising campaign to go unanswered and unchallenged.
We emphatically reject your mischaracterization of seaside sanctuaries as “sea cages”.
SeaWorld’s announcement that it will stop breeding captive orcas is a step in the right direction.
But sooner or later the company is going to have to bite the bullet and admit that coastal sanctuaries are the only practical and ethical solution to its dilemma.
It didn’t take long for the major media to figure out that the latest announcement from SeaWorld was largely smoke and mirrors.
Yesterday, in the wake of mounting protests over its treatment of animals and hemorrhaging revenue from its downwardly spiraling public attendance, SeaWorld announced it would end the “theatrical killer whale experience” in San Diego by the end of 2016.
SeaWorld’s chief executive Joel Manby said:
“We are listening to our guests, evolving as a company, we are always changing. In 2017 we will launch an … Continue reading There’s Nothing "Natural" About SeaWorld’s New Plan
In a September 4, 2014, guest column titled “SeaWorld Responds” published in Florida Today, SeaWorld veterinarian Dr. Chris Dold said:
“[I] can unequivocally state that our whales, along with every other animal in our parks, are thriving, both mentally and physically.”
But how do you define “thriving”? According to Thomas White, who teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University:
“Full, healthy growth and development of the traits, skills and dispositions that allow a being to have a satisfying and successful life as a member of that species.”
Thriving has … Continue reading Orcas Are Not Thriving at SeaWorld