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Will we See a World Without SeaWorld?

It’s a beautiful, sunny day on February 24, 2010 and excited audience members sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the show to begin. Tilikum, the 12,000 pound male Killer whale, emerges from the pool in a spectacular flip; the entrance of yet another of the thousands of performances he’s put on for SeaWorld over the years. The kids in the audience squeal with delight as the 22-foot whale and his 3 co-stars splash waves of water out of the pool with flaps of their tails. Forty-year-old veteran trainer, Dawn Brancheau stands by as the shows grand finale approaches. The 4 Killer whales simultaneously jump out of the pool and flip as the crowd goes wild. The whales, including Tilikum, return to their respective trainers for their rewards, the audience begins to file out, and the 30-minute performance comes to an end. Moments later, Dawn Brancheau is pulled into the water and killed by the whale she worked with and trained for years. This wasn’t Tillikum’s first attack, and it won’t be his last… Continue reading Will we See a World Without SeaWorld?