Saturday Night Flick: Blackfish

This one’s sure to move you. The inspiration behind a recent bill floating towards Sea World San Diego, Blackfish investigates the notorious industry of animal captivity and theme park shows. There are several issues at hand, the most obvious being the numerous deaths and countless injuries of Sea World employees, inflicted by the animals they train, specifically orca whales. Under the surface of this scandal, however, is a history of physical and psychological abuse, only humans are no longer the victims.  If whales are indeed as intelligent and emotionally competent as experts insist, can they be blamed for lashing out at their captors? Is it even moral to keep an animal of this size living in the conditions that the aquariums and centers provide? And at the end of the day, as compliant as the whales may appear when it comes to tricks, and as docile and loving they may seem towards their trainers, they’re animals, and carnivorous ones at that. How shocked can we be that at some point they crack? This epic documentary reveals a story told all too often, of man manipulating nature to the point of destruction. Luckily, this issues can be prevented, and is on it’s way – finally – to being stopped. Enjoy, but be warned, the footage is graphic and at times disturbing, but continuing to cover it up the way Sea World has for decades, will only hurt all parties involved in the end.

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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