The film Blackfish – a compelling documentary about how orcas are imprisoned, exploited and driven mad by SeaWorld – is still making a splash, months after it was released.
It’s up for Best Documentary at the BAFTA Awards next month and really deserves to win! Most of those who have seen the movie report that it opened their eyes, both to the magnificence of orcas and their misery in marine parks.
Here are a few notable reactions:
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Blackfish has been making waves around the world. Since we first blogged about it back in May, the film has received rave reviews from the media as well as massive support from celebrities, including Stephen Fry, Leona Lewis and Ewan McGregor, who have spoken out on Twitter. Most importantly, the documentary has shone a light on the cruel practices that orcas face in marine parks such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Now, everyone in the UK will have the chance to watch this must-see film. Blackfish is set to air … Read more.
Orcas and other sea mammals routinely die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related causes in marine parks and aquariums, such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Despite numerous tragedies, including the deaths of many orcas and trainers, the safety of marine mammals and humans continues to be jeopardised. Blackfish, the new film from Gabriela Cowperthwaite, exposes what lies behind the “entertainment”.
The film tells the story of Tilikum, a performing orca whose captivity led to the deaths of several people. Shocking video footage and emotional interviews explore his extraordinary nature, the cruel treatment of his … Read more.
Like humans, animals often find themselves in situations of need. Thankfully, there are compassionate people who are ready to spring to their aid, sometimes even at the risk of their own safety. Here are some inspiring stories from people who impressed us so much with their compassion that we recognised them with an award!
Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew
Labrador Quila had been swept out to sea by strong tides at Sea Palling, just days before Christmas last year. Quila’s guardian had taken her out for a walk along the coast when she … Read more.
“I think we live in a society now where people should be told the truth …”
That was You Me At Six lead singer Josh Franceschi‘s motivation for speaking out, after he saw the mesmerising film Blackfish and learned the real story of how SeaWorld’s orcas are treated.
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Josh, who comes from Weybridge, Surrey, describes himself as “a big animal person” and was deeply saddened by the tragic tale of Tilikum – the orca at the heart of Blackfish – who was kidnapped and taken away from … Read more.
Almost 10,000 people sent messages to Russian authorities asking that two wild orcas who were captured last year be released back into the ocean, rather than be imprisoned and forced to perform at the Sochi Dolphinarium during the Winter Olympics in Russia.
We’ve now learned that the two orcas – a female named Narnia and a young male – have not been brought to Sochi and will not be on display during the Olympics. Additionally, no dolphin will carry an Olympic torch, as had originally been planned.
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The eyes of the world are watching in horror as 250 bottlenose dolphins – who, several days ago, were herded into the now infamous “killing cove” near the small Japanese village of Taiji – are now being slaughtered one by one by Japanese fishermen. By the time it’s all over, the sea will be red with the blood of these animals.
This horrific massacre goes on for six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales – including babies and their mothers – are corralled into … Read more.
It’s been an exciting year. Our campaigns have been non-stop, and with your help, we’ve achieved wonderful things. The following are a few of the victories that we’ve achieved together for animals in 2013:
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We knew that our video showing rabbits screaming in pain on Chinese angora farms was deeply shocking. But the response has blown us away. After learning where their angora products came from, outraged consumers sprang into action – sharing the video footage, signing up for our campaign and flooding businesses with messages
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After Blackfish won plaudits from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Leona Lewis and Stephen Fry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the must-see documentary of 2013 – which tells the story of Tilikum, the orca held captive at SeaWorld – couldn’t get any bigger fans. But then you’d be overlooking Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School, which has been writing and narrating stories and creating adorable videos about the cruelty of keeping orcas in captivity. For his efforts, Lee Parkinson of Davey Hulme Primary School in Manchester has received … Read more.