When the world watched orca mothers torn away from their children and reports of covered-up trainer killings finally unveiled in “Blackfish,” a cocktail of emotions spilled out – anger, sadness, heartbreak, disappointment.

For many, SeaWorld was a place of their childhood dreams – dreams that were shattered by the unforgiving and truthful footage from “Blackfish.”

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The documentary has reached international stardom and has even been shortlisted for the Oscars. Its wide-reaching influence has inspired adults, teenagers, and children alike to speak out against SeaWorld and marine park captivity.

The awesome video below features a sweet yet fiery five-year-old boy named Cash, who has a very special birthday request for everyone. (You’ll just have to watch the video to find out what it is.)

For a succinct breakdown of why orcas do not belong in captivity, check out our recent feature article here.

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