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crate emitting piercing distress calls and emblazoned with “Shipping to SeaWorld: Live Orca” appeared in San Diego yesterday. A crowd gathered and stood riveted while
PETA members revealed the captive inside: a stuffed orca there to draw
attention to tonight’s television premiere of the critically acclaimed
documentary Blackfish on CNN
Primetime at 9 p.m. EDT.

Blackfish tells the
heartbreaking and shocking story of Tilikum, an orca who was torn from his
family in the wild and imprisoned in a concrete bathtub at SeaWorld, where he
made headlines after killing
a trainer
in 2010. After more than
30 years in captivity, he lashed out in frustrated rage, drawing worldwide
attention to SeaWorld’s practice of imprisoning sensitive, intelligent marine
mammals and denying them everything that is natural and important to them.

PETA
members handed out leaflets to passersby, who were shocked to learn about
SeaWorld’s sordid history of hurting its employees by forcing animal trainers
into dangerous contact with marine mammals who’ve exhibited violent behavior. SeaWorld’s own records contain reports of more than 100 incidents of orca aggression, many of
which led to human
injuries
 and one to trainer Dawn
Brancheau’s death. Not exactly “family fun.”

What You Can Do

Watch
Blackfish tonight. If you won’t be
home, set your DVR to record it on CNN at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific and hold a
Blackfish viewing party to educate your
friends and family.

With
the release of Blackfish—and with the
help of PETA supporters—consumers are becoming more aware than ever that
SeaWorld’s tanks are hellholes for animals. 

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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