Protesting SeaWorld: Nothing New

Since the release of the documentary “Blackfish” last summer, SeaWorld and other marine parks have been on the defensive, facing mounting calls to end captivity for killer whales and other intelligent animals kept for entertainment purposes. Park operators have responded by labeling the most outspoken critics as “radical activists”, suggesting that their supporters are merely caught up in the latest wave of animal-rights extremism.

But the truth is that people have been against capturing orcas and holding them captive since the very beginning. Only now, after 50 years of protests and demonstrations, their calls for compassion are just too loud to ignore.

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