must-read from investigative journalist and New
York Times bestselling author David Kirby is Death at SeaWorld, which meticulously chronicles the miserable lives and deaths of captive
orcas at the marine park, and how the park also puts employees at risk. From the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, to many other less-publicized
violent incidents, Kirby details the deeply
rooted culture of cruelty and culpability at SeaWorld.
originally conceived as a slam of the theme park (multiple attempts by the
author to get SeaWorld’s input were rebuffed), the book makes it clear that confining animals who have evolved over millions of
years to swim the vast open oceans leads to aggression, depression and premature death.
Kirby reports that while no serious
attack by a wild orca on a human has
ever been recorded, SeaWorld’s own corporate incident
logs contain reports of more than 100 incidents at its parks. Orcas have
pulled trainers into the water, held them at the bottom of the pool,
head-butted them, slammed into them, and breached on top of them.
As Ric O’Barry, who was part of
PETA’s ground-breaking lawsuit against SeaWorld, puts it, “Death at
SeaWorld outlines in grim detail
just how bad captivity is for orcas and other marine mammals.”
your copy of Death at SeaWorld today.
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