Deborough Blalock's Reviews > Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

Death at SeaWorld by David  Kirby
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Jul 19, 12

Read in July, 2012


While it's true that anti-captivity advocates embrace Death At SeaWorld and SeaWorld repudiates the book, oddly it's for the same reason: David Kirby, a well-respected journalist, tells the truth.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, owned by the private equity group Blackstone, is nothing more than a business chain like Walmart or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Their brand is killer whales, and regardless of the ethics or the science that says these animals shouldn't be held in captivity, SeaWorld is determined to go on with the show.

Unfortunately for SeaWorld, Kirby reveals their carefully crafted public relations magic to be smoke and mirrors. Their small pools are psych wards of medicated orcas and danger zones for humans.

Well written, well researched, and whale thought out, this is a must read for anyone who cares about the world we live in.
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