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Blackfish” has definitely enraged the entire nation by exposing the true nature of marine parks like SeaWorld and the animals they hold captive.

Since its showing on CNN (along with its subsequent screenings), a growing number of people, many who once loved SeaWorld and similar parks, have turned their backs on marine park captivity, finally realizing that it is no place for any wild animal.

Social media pages have lit up with comments against SeaWorld, and even a five-year-old boy has spoken out in a recent YouTube video.

Now, it’s been confirmed that eight out of the 10 artists originally scheduled to perform at SeaWorld’s “Bands, Blues & BBQ” have dropped out of the concert series. Martina McBride, 38 Special, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, Trisha Yearwood, Cheap Trick, Heart, and REO Speedwagon have all cancelled their appearances, with only Justine Moore and Scotty McCreery remaining.

What’s more, according to WKRB 13, one of SeaWorld’s major shareholders, Delaware L.P. has sold 18,000,000 shares of their stock in the company, and Nasdaq reports that another major shareholder, Blackstone Holdings, sold 19,500,000 additional SeaWorld shares recently.

While this is a huge slap in the face to SeaWorld and clearly shows that people are very upset at their past and current decisions in regards to their animals, the marine park still seems to think that it’s all a bunch of mumbo-jumbo.

According to CBS News, SeaWorld said, “This is a coordinated campaign of digital harassment and does not in any sense represent the opinions of the American public. A far better measure is the number of people actually coming to SeaWorld.”

Um, sorry SeaWorld, but the American public has spoken: they don’t like you anymore, and have no plans in the future to reinstate their support. And why should we?  Captivity has no place in our modern world — orcas and other marine animals deserve to be swimming free in the sea, not confined to small, barren concrete pools.

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128 comments on “SeaWorld Feels the Pain — Stocks Sold, Performances Cancelled”

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Sally
9 Months Ago

While I applaud the support for animals - It's sad that you think the American people have spoken. Far from it. They are just jumping on the bandwagon of the day. Folks will still flock to Sea World by the droves. Meanwhile most of those artists that cancelled their performances are still booked to play Rodeo's, etc. Doesn't seem to me that they really are doing it to support the animals now does it? And what about the circus? How come no one is completely outraged as to what it takes to train an elephant. Have you seen the abuse and conditions they have to endure? visit ringlingbeatsanimals.com to learn more and hopefully write an article about that which goes on for all animals held in captivity.


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Lubov Mazur
10 Months Ago

I saw this program on Netflix. I also saw it last week in a theatre, but it was titled "TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE".


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Don
10 Months Ago

So, when was the last time you went to the zoo? Bet you go on a regular basis...


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Cody Hug
10 Months Ago

Yeah, SW is evil... lol https://www.facebook.com/seaworldsandiego/posts/10152040179531855


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Elaine Pierce
10 Months Ago

Here is the link to the video mentioned below: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=06b_1267765340


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Cody Hug
10 Months Ago

Btw, places like SeaWorld will NEVER leave this earth. People love the emotional bond between trainer and animal. Cry all you want. Boycott all you want. They're never going away! Also, you should into boycotting anything that has to do with Disney, they have many animals as well! If you say free the animals to their natural habitat, then I say you need to strip off your clothes, and live in your natural habitat, Africa! Hypocrisy is ugly.


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Elaine Pierce
10 Months Ago

If you can stand to watch it, here is an amateur video of the fatal attack on Dawn. What is outrageous is SW's customary ploy of blaming the trainer. First they said she slipped and fell into the water, triggering the attack. Then they claimed that Tilikum mistook her long pony tail for a toy (poor judgment, Dawn, wearing that pony tail). Only when enough eye witnesses contradicted the reports, did the truth leak out. The talking heads that SW pays to lie about situations like this must have sold their souls. Additional relevant info is that Tilikum was being treated with antibiotics and antifungal drugs for an infection, and the preceding show had to be cancelled due to multiple whales acting aggressive and not following trainer commands. But there were VIPs in the audience, so the show had to go on...


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Elaine Pierce
10 Months Ago

If you haven't seen the movie, Black Fish, watch it. Shocking disregard for worker safety (not letting trainers know that Tilikum was implicated in 2 previous human deaths before Dawn Blancheau was killed). SW is currently appealing the new OSHA ruling that protects from further events like this occurring. Even zoos don't keep animals in holding pens the equivalent size of a bath tub for a human and use group negative reinforcement when they don't perform, causing the more trained killer whales to attack the new ones. SW here in San Diego has a fire work display directly over the park every night in the summer - imagine what that does to the sensitive hearing of these marine mammals. Don't let greed win. BOYCOTT.


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Isaura Jirau
10 Months Ago

Not only sea world but Every place with sea life that live totally un healthy emotionally and physically!


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Brenda Smith
10 Months Ago

I do not go to zoos or Seaworld or anyplace animals are placed. It's just cruel.


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