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October 24th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Should SeaWorld free the killer whales?

Experts for and against keeping killer whales in captivity debate the ethics behind the issue on CNN's Crossfire.

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  1. Michele

    Of course you should free the whales and any parent that takes their kids to the seaworld or the circus is just plain stupid and irresponsible.

    October 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  2. Nicole

    Humans understand and realize the heartbreak of losing loved ones, especially children. How is it okay to take a social animal out of its natural habitat for human entertainment. Want to see whales? Save your money and see them interact with each other in THEIR natural habitat. As a child I loved Sea World. Knowing what I know now...I will never take my children or grandchildren. I will educate them and encourage them to save their money and take meaningful vacations where they can encounter these beautiful animals in their own environment. Interacting with each other, as it should be.

    October 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  3. Sue

    I was upset last night. My heart just ached. I had to change the channel when the mother orca cried and shook. She was doing what any mother would do if someone took her baby. But, sadly she could not do anything about it. She knew she and her baby are at her captors mercy. Shut down SeaWorld. Shut down SeaWorld. Shut down SeaWorld.
    Where is our big bag overinflated government and Mr Holder (Attorney Gen.) Boycotting is not enough.

    October 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  4. Sean

    You want to shutter Sea World? But don't know how this could be done?

    Legislation. Take a trick from the anti-abortion clinic crowd in Texas. Abortion is legal, can't be outlawed. However, it CAN be regulated! Same with private ownership/captivity of Orcas. It is tough to directly outlaw owning Orcas (although many of us like this idea, it may be tough to get through this kind of direct legislations). However, regulations, which effectively make it economically impossible for an operation like Sea World to continue, are much easier to pass. Example:

    "Swimming facilities for captive Orcas must be a minimum of 5 miles wide by 10 miles long by 500 feet deep".

    October 26, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  5. Name*erin wenzel

    Yes, free the whales !!!!!!

    October 26, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  6. Gabriella

    It was heartbreaking and very sad to see how those highly intelligent killer whales are kept for decades at Sea World. Please FREE them! It's obvious how aggravated and frustrated those animals are! They deserve to live a life in FREEDOM! As so many other animals in the US as well. "The Land of the Free!" Please let it come true for those poor animals as well! I'm glad this documentation "Blackfish" was aired. Hopefully, many people will response and make it finally happen to free those whales.

    October 26, 2013 at 2:08 am | Reply
  7. Andrea

    As a mother I was horrified and can only imagined what it would be like to have my child taken from me for someone's amusement. That is exactly what is happening. If people would stop attending zoos and parks that contain animals for human entertainment consumption there would be no kidnapping of whales from the wild or their captive parents. They are breeding these animals simply to steal away their children and cause such psychological damage. I also find the trainers at fault for being so selfish so that they can receive self gratification by being with these animals. We need to outlaw all capturing of whales from the wild. I thank the person/s who took the time to create such an eye opening documentary. I could go on and on but am hopeful something will be done to protect whales in captivity and the wild. I feel they should be set free, even if it would mean dying in the wild. I would prefer to die as a free person than one who is held captive. Death will occur in either scenario. And perhaps even just one whale could live a life as it was meant to be. They are killer whales and not meant to be imprisoned for our entertainment. Shame on us and those who continue to support such venues. If anyone has information on how to start a petition for the freeing of whales and a bill to create a law outlawing the capture of marine mammals please post such information. It is still legal in the United States to hunt and capture mammals from the wild. That is the only way to stop the corporate greed and torture of animals. Please let's do something.

    October 26, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply
  8. Jingbo

    Shut down seaworld, most local zoos, and free all the animals from captivities and labs!

    October 26, 2013 at 1:48 am | Reply
  9. Annette

    Do what is right and just now and in the future for the Orcas of Seaworld! More than words can say, very disturbing on so many ends. If Seaworld wants to keep one ounce of respect they had better do whats right for the Orcas that remain and antiup to the Trainers and their families. Mahatma Gandhi "The Greatness of a Nation Can Be Judged By The Way Its Animals are Treated"

    October 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  10. Philip

    Free the Sla...err orcas.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  11. David Laidig

    I have been to sea world once. I remember standing up at the top of the stands to see where the Orcas lived when not performing. When I realized that the huge creatures lived in a round tank, I left. All of the disgusting animal shows in this country should go!!

    October 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  12. sammy

    The people need to look at Zoos too. Some are open that are unfit for the animals they keep. Yes, we will hear many reasons and excuses to have them, but I vote close them down.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  13. sammy

    OMG,I had a difficult time watching parts of the program and to think that Sea World thinks a small enclosure is ok for the whales it is INSANE. The excuses they give just doesn't make sense, training of the whates, Whales don't want or need training, set them free. It is huge profit center and Sea World and other have to be shut down.
    The people need to show vote on this and Sea World and other will be closing. We cannot allow whales to be treated so cruel and also risk the lives of the "trainer". What whale wants to be trained?

    October 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  14. sara

    i love seaworld and their not in captivity some people can't see them in the ocean

    October 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  15. Jeanie

    Knowing now what we know about the abuses and capitalistic practices of Sea World, we as consumers have ALL THE POWER to stop them. If NO ONE goes to the shows then Sea World cannot make the capital it needs to keep these animals and there would not be any shows or any Sea World for that matter. There is no question that capturing and keeping these creatures in captivity is WRONG. There is no question that Sea World is lying and doing things that are illegal and immoral just to make a buck. It is the responsibility of each and everyone of us to boycott these shows just as we would not subscribe to child porn or other wrongful and illegal/immoral activities. It is up to us to stop supporting these venues so that they fizzle out and go away. We still live in a society where we have such power. I ask that everyone who has determined these shows to be wrongful to exert your personal power to educate your friends , families, and co-workers so that eventually the lives of these amazing mammals will not be damaged through these types of activities. Together WE CAN DO THIS, we MUST do this...

    October 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  16. Sara Tabatabai

    At first, I loved Seaworld. After I saw this documentary, I realized that this is torture. God created animals to live in the wild, not in a jailcell. At the end you saw the killer whales free and swimming. I now realize that this so mean and disrespectful. Free the whales. They shouldn't be in a cement pool. If I was in my pool for 25 years and couldn't escape and someone would ride on me or jump of of me I would attack.

    October 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  17. Harriet

    After watching this program I will never enter Seaworld again. It is all for the "money". The whales only act friendly to humans because they are intelligent and know they depend on their captors for food and survival but I am convinced now that they actually hate us and will kill when they have the chance. FREE THEM. They are smarter than we are and should not be in captivity.

    October 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Jingbo

      Agree. Those whales have been kidnapped and imprison for their innocence, and this was wrong to begin with. I could not believe how cruel people were. We tried everywhere to keep our entraining and convenience. We sold our soul and moral to hell and we do not deserve to co-exist with other species really for the cruelty we have done. Not just whales, dolphins, primates, anytime we capture animals from nature for selfish human usage that is wrong!!! We have kept them in our prison, laboratories, fences, cages, and beyond. We use them for show, research, cosmetic testing, food, and more! The ugly truth is that we, humans, are the worse species of all!

      October 26, 2013 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Jingbo

      Animal should not be commercial products for money and research products for selfish human beings! How can we buy and sell the earth? How can we buy and sell the earthlings? If sell humans are against moral and law, so do animals! America has introduced this idea to make friends with evil for money to the world. Everything is about money! This is the truth in America, and we have spread out this disease through the earth!

      October 26, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
    • Christoph

      II'm really happy about the fact that awareness is working... Sea mammals do not belong in captivity (no animals does actually) Next step: convince Japan...

      October 26, 2013 at 5:22 am | Reply
  18. FREEWILLY

    They should all be freed. A lot of other animals too

    October 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  19. Kathleen

    These orcas need to be free...I wish there was more I could do besides boycotting Sea World. Inhumane.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • ogrepat

      Something more you could do?

      Boycott Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch owns Seaworld (and other things). You want to get their attention? Hit them right in their crappy beer belly.

      October 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • james

        When Busch was bought out a few years ago the new owners did not buy the theme parks. They are no longer associated.

        October 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
      • Bev Bailey

        SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc was bought by Blackstone Group in 2009. As to what else people can do, first of all tell other people about the issue, ask them not to ever buy a ticket to a show. By saying ‘NO’, you will reduce profits, and help take away the demand for live captures from the wild from places like the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia and Taiji, Japan.

        Watch Blackfish the movie, and the Cove, and read 'Death at SeaWorld' (David Kirby) to learn more. Follow anti-captivity campaigns from groups like Earthrace, Save Lolita, Humane Society International, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Marine Connection (UK) on social networks. Join in with their activities however you can, whether it's tweetstorms, petitions, letter-writing, or protests.

        For example, there is a new petition here started by Ric O'Barry, https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-undersigned-call-permanent-law-banning-capture-us-waters-dolphins-whales-public-display/3tXMLzxX#thank-you=p.

        October 26, 2013 at 4:17 am |
      • Nate

        OMG, Lets put Elaine Busch in a 10'X10' room for a month and see if she looks at owning whales differently. Time to find Ray Masco (Masco Industries) her close friend and pitch putting Elaine in her bathtub for a month.

        October 26, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Gaynor

      There is, sign every available petition, if you are close enough go to the demo's. If not like me spread the word far and wide, there isn't just Seaworld in this, there is Loro Parque in Spain who hold Seaworlds orca for them. Miami Seaquarium where Lolita has been alone for years in a sub standard tank. There is Marineland Ontario where poor Kiska is alone, they have just been in a legal battle with seaworld who wanted Ike back, Seaworld cited the atrocious conditions but Kiska is still there. There is Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires where poor Kshamenk is alone in a tiny pool, he will probably stay there now though as he is aggressive so no one wants him and he is now Seaworld's new sperm donor. There is Japanese Port of Nagoya Aquarium and Kamogawa Sea World they are breeding inbreds. There is MArineland Antibes in France who keep quite but are the only European hell hole with 5 orca. Lastly there is Seaside Dolphinarium, Nakhodka, Russia who captured poor Narnia and have recently caught another 3 wild orca and have supposedly now sold 2 to China. There are lots of things you can do, tell people your opinions, I do on all the above pages, don't support the Russian olympics, I'm not because of the whale captures and many more aren't because of their homophobic stand at the moment. Most of all educate yourself, search facebook, websites, youtube and you will uncover much more too. Good luck

      October 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  20. fifi

    Never going to Seaworld after last night!!

    October 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  21. Heidi

    I have always admired Mr. Hanna but last nights showing of "Blackfish" and Mr. Hanna's comments were very disappointing and disturbing. When Mr. Hannah states you need to 'touch the heart to teach the mind' he is correct and "Blackfish" touched my heart and showed me that Seaworld needs to reevaluate their programs, and the habitats that they provide the Orcas. It doesn't take a Masters in Marine Biology to see that their living space is inadequate so why would Mr. Hanna not stand behind his own beliefs. I am sure the Orca's have touched many lives, Mr. Jack Hanna, perhaps you should 'teach the minds' of those at Seaworld who feel that they are being good stewards of the Orca's and show them a better way. That would be the Jack Hannah I have grown to respect, not the one I heard on last nights show. Seaworld has done many good deeds over the years, it is now time to provide these Orca's with a sanctuary, a place in the sea where they can live like they were meant to live and not be part of a circus 'act'.

    October 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Susan

      Well said, Heidi, as I was deeply saddened to hear Jack Hanna's comments.

      October 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Jackie

      I am also disappointed in Mr. Hanna and will boycott Sea World until their is something better we can do to help. Free the whales to a sanctuary if not to open sea.

      October 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  22. Katelyn

    Honestly, you guys are sick. You act passionate about a subject and as if youre all whale experts after watching one hour or so of a documentary that doesn't show Seaworlds perspective. Notice the first lines of the documentary say there was no blood in the pool but somehow Tilikum managed to take her arm off and scalped her? With no blood in the water? This documentary sheds an awful light on both these amazing animals and their caretakers. If they were to be freed, they would die because they do not know how to fend for themselves seeing as a majority of the whales left were born in captivity, so shame on all of you for wishing doom upon them due to your sudden "righteousness". And as far as taking them from their mothers, its something that is common called WEANING. We do it with horses, we take dogs and cats from their mothers. How do you think zoos originally got all of their animals? Capturing and separating them from their families. There is an actual sport made out of wrestling wild horses to the ground abusively and saddling them for a race, and yet you sit here arguing that whales should be set free. There are dolpgins in the exact same park that nobody has mentioned. SeaWorld does so much good for these whales in the wild with their research, theyre preserving what could have become an endangered species. Open your eyes, America.

    October 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • waitingforrain28

      I just want to mention that taking babies from their mothers is only appropriate when it fits the animal's life history. In the case of orcas, young stay with their mothers for their entire life. So, this is more than a case of "weaning," it is a violation of integral social links for these beings. You can't compare dogs and cats to orcas in this case, just as you couldn't compare humans to these animals. We all wean, because we all stop drinking our mother's milk, but that doesn't mean that weaned children are ready to leave their parents.

      October 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Noelle

      Respectfully I have to disagree with most of what you said. It is actually insulting to compare what happened to the mommy and baby whales as "weaning." It is known that in the wild adult Killer whale young stay with their mothers for life, much like we humans. If someone were to take my three year old son and ship him off to another state like they did the 4 year old calf in the film I'm pretty sure our criminal justice system calls that kidnapping, not "weaning." Also, no one in the film said we should "free" the whales currently in captivity. They stated that whales young enough to be released should be released in to the wild and those that are too old to be released should be relocated to an open ocean pen where they could live in a natural environment, be cared for and longer be forced to perform for our amusement. Big difference.

      October 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • Katelyn

        Yes I understand they stay with their mothers in the wild, I'm just frustrated by the ignorance I'm seeing. What I'm trying to get at is that this is not the only case of mistreatment of animals in captivity, so if you're going to speak, speak for the entirety of animals in captivity. And I never said the film said they should be freed, I was referring to the self proclaimed orca professionals who are saying they should.

        October 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • kathleen c.

        I agree with noelle completely. In the film, someone said that 50 years from now, we will look at a place like SeaWorld and be appalled–this statement had an impact on me, and I believe it could be very true. Please release these whales to the appropriate habitats where they will thrive and be at peace. Is there anything a person can do to put pressure on SeaWorld?

        October 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • Eric

        Beautifully said! So long as there are caring people like you, there is hope for these magnificent animals and hope that we ourselves may rise above the cruel tendencies of our species.

        October 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • freewildanimals

      There is a big difference between comparing wildgame and domesticated animals such as cats and horses. Whales like elephants need vast areas to migrate. I am glad that yet again this issue has been brought to light. I am hoping action is taken and that these orcas can be rehabilitated for the wild. They are killer whales not your cuddly teddy bears!.

      October 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • Katelyn

        Horses are not domesticated... They're wild animals that can kill you as well.

        October 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • PeopleSuck

      You're sick if you think taking a baby from its mother is an OK process.
      It seems to me you prefer horses to whales. Why don't you make a documentary about horses so that the whale people can complain about you 🙂

      October 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • Katelyn

        Never said it was okay. And yes I'm a horse person and a whale person so it's cute that you didn't read my comments properly. ALL animals face mistreatment. Zoos break up families too yet everyone chooses to attack seaworld is my problem here. Go back to school then talk to me 🙂

        October 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • PeopleSuck

      Ohhh I get it now. So you’re saying that when those men (hired by SeaWorld) were chasing the whales in speed boats and helicopters that they were just trying to WEAN the babies from their mothers. Make so much sense now.

      October 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      I think everyone wants to see them go to a Sea Sanctuary, not the wild, so your point is invalid. Would you like to be stuck in a bath tub all your life??

      October 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Andrea

      Katelyn,

      It is clear you are not a parent and not well educated. Do some research so you will not look so ignorant. Think before ever having children.

      October 26, 2013 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Christopher

      To judge people who have a heart and call them sick because they have a legitimate reason to feel a certain way reflects an anger you seem to have. The only way to make an informed decision is to use the information we have today. Blackfish has been aired. I look forward to hearing Sea Worlds response but I doubt they will ever focus on the real problem: Its unethical to do what they are doing with these animals. Its unethical for any animal to be treated in a way that has clear negative affects and consequences. unfortunately, It's not against the law. I appreciate your opinion and don't judge you because your opinion is legitimate too. But why not get along and your opinion would receive more respect. The way you worded your response most people think you are crazy. I don't. It's just your opinion...a mad opinion but never the less a legitimate opinion. Happy Halloween!!!

      October 26, 2013 at 2:12 am | Reply
    • Janet Davis

      I am quite certain the good and kind people upset about te Zorca's would also be upset about the horse situation.

      By the way, Orca's offspring do not wean and leave, they stay with their parents forever,

      Those reacting to the documentary are quite rational people horrified at our disruption of the Orca's social life, and lifetime incarceration.

      By the way for those saying the Orca's like their captivity, ever heard of Stokholm syndrome...

      October 26, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • Sean

      So, if I understand your argument correctly: "Humans are cruel to many different types of animals in many different ways; therefor, it is acceptable for humans to be cruel to Orcas."

      October 26, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Gaynor

      I would say rather than just watch Blackfish do some research for yourself. Blackfish highlights the issues in a high profile way, but so does a lot of youtube videos taken by normal people like you and me. I don't think all the people have just made the decision from watching one film, it will have been something that has niggled away at them for a long time. I have 2 questions of my own that no one seems to want to answer – 1. When is an orca classed as old and when is it retired from shows, or is death its only release. 2 – What do people learn from going to these shows? As you are so passionate maybe you could answer.

      October 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Gaynor

      http://www.autopsyfiles.org/reports/Other/brancheau,%20dawn_report.pdf This is Dawn Brancheau's autopsy report, easily available on the internet, which proves that is not an activist thing of what Tilikum did to her, he actually did it.

      October 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Dorothy Rodger

      You are the one that knows nothing about what you are talking about. Talk about dolphins........here you go http://vimeo.com/21027404

      October 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • shirley

      My goodness Katelyn, you certainly are self righteous condemning everyone elses comments. Did you take ecen one second or one brain cell to think about anything YOU said?? We were only standing up for Orcas because thats what "BLACKFISH" is about – other creatures were not included in this particular blog. You must have missed the part that showed Dawn's autopsy report – her body was indeed mutilated!! I place no blame on the whale – the blames belings to the persons in charge of SeaWorld – after approx. 40 years and many incidents( that they tried to keep hidden) they absolutely knew the dangers yet chose to put their personal wealth ahead of the trainers and whales.... As for the movie not having SeaWorlds perspective – that was their choice NOT to participate and give their side – most likely because they can't defend their actions nor would they want to answer some tough questions....

      October 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • shirley

      Katelyn – since you apparently think the rest of us are stupid and you are intellectually superior, please tell us what your credentials are – masters degree in zoology?? biology?? Marine biology?? Whale researcher?? Also, the question asked in this blog was "Do you think the orcas should be freed"? So naturally that is the question to be answered – so would you rather be free or caged up & made to do tricks for your dinner??

      October 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Christy

      Katelyn, I totally understand what you are saying. People love to hear one side of a story and consider themselves fully educated. I hear people getting all outraged in the animal rescue world all the time based on which side of a story they heard first. Before I ever form an opinion or take a stance on a subject, I find out the full story rather than running around in a snit after hearing half of a story. There are some great programs going on behind the scenes at Sea World that would be a huge blow to animal conservation if they were to be forced to shut down.

      October 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      No one said that other types of non domesticated animal captivity(like small shitty zoos) are acceptable, just like no one said wrestling wild horses for horse racing is OK either. It is however especially unacceptable to keep giant animals in a small, enclosed environment, whether it be elephants or Orcas. You are arguing to be a contrary rather than adding any real value to the discussion.

      October 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Jody Hoelle

      Katelyn, you must work for Sea World. What the hell do you know? Sea World is run by a group of greedy boors who STOLE these wonderful creatures from their natural habitat. Greed does terrible things to the hearts and souls of humans.

      October 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  23. Austin from MI

    I agree with Jack Hanna and his claim that without zoos and other marine parks "out of sight is out of mind" ultimately takes hold. Yes, without these institutions we probably wouldn't even know what a killer whale is. However, when the hell will this torture be over? These facilities were important initially, but orcas and other marine mammals have ALREADY been established as important organisms within the environment. Documentary films, ie Planet Earth and Blue Planet, as well as elementary level education can easily teach more about marine mammals than any of these parks already do. In fact, these parks teach people the wrong impression that these animals are happy and basically enjoy being trained like pets. These creatures are wild animals and are capable of swimming hundreds of miles a day without a single interaction from a greedy human, but trapping them in tanks not nearly large enough and forcing them to endure constant interaction with trainers is just? That's a bunch of bullshit that Sea World has created in order to avoid the reality that sooner or later their pocketbook will begin to shrink. If you love something, set it free. Unfortunately for these animals, that's not possible because they have been so adapted to a life where hunting is virtually nonexistent. The most humane and just option would be to create wild animals parks/sanctuaries where whales will have MORE than an appropriate amount of space to swim and avoid human contact. These facilities should essentially be in the ocean and only separated by a net, a chain or strong net that can't be cut by irrational people chanting "Free the whales." Because whether or not we like the fact that these animals are still in some type of captivity, they have been made dependent on humans via psychological conditioning. Humans and our culture then must face the reality that these animals truly are wild–seeing them at these parks will be luck of the draw or rare, and with enough time the parks shouldn't exist at all. The only chance to view the magnificent species should be in its wild habit, and I hope by the time that I have children that this is true. Sea World was once a good guy and I do believe that the owners care about the animals, so what should they do? The company should turn all of its aims toward wild research and conservation, and through the creation of educational films, not a whale doing a flip because it's happy, ask for donations to continue to preserve marine ecosystems. The existing facilities should be used solely for rehabilitation. I'd also recommend anyone interested in this topic to watch the film, The Cove. It's even more informative and revealing than Blackfish.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Joyce

      Thank you for your statement. I am in total agreement.

      October 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Nancy

      OMG this documentary was HEART breaking, I could hardly sleep last night after seeing the cruelty of these beautiful creatures. PLEASE. FREE TILLIKUM & others .SEAWORLD can never justify this to me or there creator, they should only be for rehabilitation, not a money making CIRCUS. I would never go to SEAWORLD.....

      October 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      I agree with everything you said, and I second the recommendation to watch "The Cove".

      One point I would add: Due to economic reasons, there is no way Sea World is going to voluntarily return the Orcas to the Oceans. Sea World generates over $1 Billion annually in revenues! A handful of well-intended $5 donations to a "Save the Sea World Orcas" isn't going to match that kind of ticket revenue.

      There are only two ways to shutter Sea World:

      1) Education. Educate enough people about the Orca/Sea World situation such that they would refuse to go to Sea World. No ticket sales, no Sea World, no Orca captivity. Blackfish will help a good deal in this regard, but I doubt it will take down Sea World – more lightly, just a couple bad years for Sea World stakeholders, before the education wears off.

      2) Legislation. My take is that this is the only plausible way to end the unjust captivity of Orcas. Capturing wild Orcas has already been outlawed in the U.S. Outlaw private breeding, transport, etc, and Sea World will no longer be able to operate for long. Perhaps a long-list of onerous private-care rules – like, "Must be within 5 miles of an emergency facility with a minimum of 10 licensed vets on duty 24 hours/day" – the kind of laws used in Texas to shutter abortion clinics. It works!

      October 26, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • S McKay

      Very good points. I was quite put-off by the killer whale trainer on CrossFire who stated "The animals can swim away if they want to." WHAT? Swim where? With whom? To what? Absolute talking point nonsense. I am so happy to see that people are equating the captive marine mammal business to slavery of a new form. These highly intelligent beings do not belong in concrete prisons, performing for food. Time to stop!

      October 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  24. Tanya

    My Dad Donnie Howatt said I have to watch BlackFish on CNN tonight..what an eye opening documentary on the captivity of the killer whale!Totally worth a watch folks..its a sad reality of how disgraceful and inhumane us humans are! Its outrageous what these poor whales endure.I always wanted to see dolphins or killer whale shows at those marine parks..not now..not ever!!

    October 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  25. Linda

    FREE TILLY AND THE ORCAS NOW Jesus F&@" christ how have they kept Tilly for 30 yrs and got away with that???? Where do I donate what can I do to help? Can someone just go tonight and get him out of there pleasssee

    October 25, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Oh, I get it. 50 yrs ago, people considered them (orcas) as monsters and so used them for target practice. Solution: Initiate terrifying pursuits with helicopters, and speed boats, tear the families apart, and then tell the world that it was all for their own good. Stupid me, why would I think that it is the idiots who were slaughtering these noble creatures who should be chased down and imprisoned? What is Jack Hannah talking about? And that so called conservationist, Grey Stafford who did a such a horrendous job at evading Van Jones questions, for example, "do they turn over on their sides in their natural habitats and wave?" What is this positive reinforcement? Actually it is deprivation and torture. How are the whales and the trainers mutual participants? Who is withholding the trainers food or imprisoning them for not succumbing to the exploitive tricks the whales are forced to perform? Give me a break all who say it too late for them to be released into the wild. You'd better ask the senior members of your families if they would rather live a life of dependency with bowed heads, or would they rather live free taking on whatever challenges life throws at them with their dignity intact? Can you with straight faces, honestly say you agree that these animals enjoy this existence of captivity? "Oh they're having such fun?" Think about the horrors that victims of human trafficking face. Kidnapped, transferred far away from home, forced to dress seductively, and then made to perform unspeakable acts with twisted perverts while feigning pleasure. Refusal to comply would mean beatings, no food, even death. Welcome to the world of the captive killer whale. There must be a worse word for those who subject these captives to such treatment. Oh, and to answer the question, NO!!! I will never visit Sea-World. I will admit that I have visited such marine circuses and can only regret that I supported this. These noble, sentient creatures should not be forced to validate their right to live in peace to a destructive, and arrogant species such as we. Shame on us all!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  26. Bill Olson

    My wife and I went to see world san diego california on our honeymoon in may 2000, that day something was going on
    but the seaworld higher-ups just told us that the would not be peforming that day because they were not feeling up to it.
    Obvisley something was wrong but all the people we spoke with were very tight-lipped about that issue of what was
    actuakky going on, One trainer we spoke with outside the area near the whales told us that they Seaworld cares alot for the animals and said they get the best of care but in her opinon that they should be set free, their not happy,.,,,,,

    October 25, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  27. Jesse Dunagan

    I I will never go to Sea World and will do all I can to inform others of the mistreatment and cruelty this company employs to generate the all might buck at the cost of these animals freedom and life...it's clear that all Sea World cares about and other venues like them is $$$$$$$$..it will only be when people wake up and stop handing them the greenbacks that they want soooo badly that companies like this will go away and out of business...shame on them and anyone who attends ones of these inhuman shows..and SHAME on you Jack Hanna...hope you choke on next check you get from Sea World for a speech...sad to see you're selling out too..as a result of your hypocrisy my bequeath to the Columbus Zoo is being canceled today by my attorneys...Listen People...take the money away and you'll see changes real fast..call these companies and let them know you will do all you can to effect their cash-flow and you'll see changes real quick.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
  28. Deborah

    I continue to be amazed at the arrogance of humans. Why do we believe it is OK to capture and "train" animals for our entertainment? I profoundly believe the executives of Sea World have either forgotten, or refuse to acknowledge the importance of dignity and freedom. Shame on them, and shame on anyone who feels these indignities are acceptable human behavior.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  29. Oakley

    The trainer says he know the animals, but he doesn't....he knows the prisoners.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  30. MaryM

    SeaWorld just needs free the whales

    October 25, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
  31. Adam N. Wasserman

    It is true that these few whales are wonderful ambassadors for all marine mammals, and the oceans of the world. But the suffering they endure can no longer be allowed. Kidnapping the calves from their mothers, is horribly cruel and must be corrected. I couldn't even watch the whole show it was too upsetting. So I don't know if the calves were returned to their mothers. But the emotional pain the mothers went through must be corrected. Please Sea World reunite the families and set them free. That goes for all of your marine mammals.

    October 25, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  32. Tamara Racelis

    This documentary made me cry. It was heartbreaking and to see the Sea World Corporation cover everything up was devastating. Does this mean that Sea World's outreach and "conservation" is all a ruse?

    October 25, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
    • Sean

      I'd say its probably a mixed bag.

      Certainly, the majority of Sea World's staff went to work their out of, at the minimum, a partial love of Sea life. And the majority of the staff – even at the executive levels – likely have good intentions.

      That said, I would suspect Sea World, like any large corporation, suffers from "group think". There are certain issues which become taboo at certain organizations, particularly if they point out the downside of what a company does. You wouldn't discuss the ills of junk food if you worked at Hostess, for example. That's not to say everyone at Hostess wishes us all to become inflicted with diabetes.

      Most of the trainers seem to see the tree, but fail to see the forest. This is a common failing for almost all humans, in one situation or another. The trainers understand certain aspects about the Orcas they care for, but may not have a complete understanding of them in a global sense. They might not know, for instance, the fact that Orca offspring stay with their mothers for life (this is not common mammal behavior, not even for humans, so its only logical they'd think it is OK to separate the offspring from their mothers once the initial milking period is finished).

      It would be interesting to see what Sea World staff does upon watching Blackfish.

      October 26, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  33. Denise Johnson

    I always thought those places treated the animals so good, that they was safe from us people trying to hurt them and they respected them. Boy was I wrong. I will never ever go to Sea World again or any shows like that. I am so hurt to think those poor animals have to go through that and live like that. The way they get them for the shows is so horrible but then the way they treat them and to break up a mother and baby bond like that, heart breaking. Someone needs to do something to free these animals. I don’t blame the whale at all for their bad behaviors, they like we go crazy after a while living in poor conditions. I posted on all the SeaWorlds Facebook sites how much I now disrespect them. I am sure they don’t care and as long as people keep paying money to go to those shows they won’t care what we all think. I just hope someday someone with power can shut them down. I will in the meantime pray for the whales and all the animals in those conditions.

    October 25, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply
  34. Vicki

    Yes. Free the victims and put Sea World executives in a small cell called jail for kidnapping baby whales from the ocean. A new low in humanity Sea World as you continue to lie to the public. And as lazy, fat Americans travel to Florida every year to sit on their asses and eat hot dogs while a captive orca swims in a pool and waves its fin. Take your kids to a real ocean. If you don't see a whale there then buy a book with pictures. I want to see Saturn up close but im not capturing it and putting it in a jar to look at everyday. Some things are unattainable in life and having a killer whale as a pet in one! Selfish, and by the way, perverted. Using Tilikum as a sperm bank. Something twisted and perverted about that. Vicki...Chicago.

    October 25, 2013 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • terry

      i 100% agree with you.

      October 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  35. SR

    Rob C seems to be the only rational person commenting here. First of all, the animals currently at SeaWorld are NOT releasable; the story of Keiko proves that after living in captivity for so long, whales will not be able to survive in the wild on their own, so releasing them would be the same as killing them. Second, I would love to know how many of the people commenting above even gave a second thought about killer whales before this movie came out. I will agree that sparking such conversations about animal welfare is the ONE good thing about this movie, but the backlash of "free the whales" speech is not helping, as people simply saying "I agree with the movie" and "I will never go to SeaWorld" does NOTHING. How about donating money to scientific research, so these whales can be studied in the wild and not in captivity?? Or donating to the conservation organizations that are desperately trying to undo all the damage humans have done to the natural habitats of these animals?? The sad truth is that there are more people willing to pay to be entertained by animals than there are willing to pay to save these animals, especially if they have never seen them outside of a book or movie or tv show. I wish this was not the case, but it is, and saying "free the animals" or boycotting all zoos, aquariums, etc. is not the way to change it.

    October 25, 2013 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • jane

      have you ever read the "scientific reports" of Seaworld on orca's? They are all about orca husbandry... something that does not benefit the animals in the wild. So why would you give money to them? Secondly they tell lies to the public, so no education. Thirdly, Keiko was able to feed and did not die instantaniously, he lived for 5 years after being freed from that hell and interacted with wild killer whales... a lot of dolphins have also been released and they are almost all doing just fine, so i would say, do some research. Fourth: Seaworld still does wildcaptures eg of pengiuns just last year. Georgia aquarium just applied to import 18! wild caught belugas....
      Not going to these industries might not change a lot for the animals in the wild, but going certainly teaches us nothing, contributes to pseudoscience and compromises the welfare and sanity of a lot of animals.

      October 25, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • SR

        Keiko was only able to survive after his release because trainers and animal handlers in the area would provide him with food and antibiotics; so yes, he might have had a larger area in which to swim, but he was not a "successful" release in the sense that he was still dependent upon people to care for him. The same for the dolphins and other animals that have been returned to the wild; they are constantly monitored by trainers, researchers, scientists, etc. Who's going to take care of all the whales after they are released? Especially when no one is interested in providing the funding it takes to care for these animals when they clearly cannot survive on their own in the wild. And I do my research, because I am in fact, part of the conservation world, so I would suggest that you and everyone else on here do their research; my job is to get grants and funding for conservation projects, so that animals can be studied and saved in their natural environments (I do not advocate taking animals from the wild for captivity), so I know first hand that people are not willing to pay for these causes. But, they are willing to pay for what they call "animal entertainment" at zoos, aquariums, etc that do contribute part of their proceeds to conservation. So you want to make a difference?? Use the money you would've paid for admission to one of these places and donate it to a conservation organization of your choice. Simply saying "free the whales" without understanding their biology and the nature of the situation (as sad as it may be), does absolutely nothing. Boycotting these places is actually like giving the animals housed there a death sentence. They CANNOT be released, PERIOD. That's just the way things are. Should we make things as comfortable as possible for them? Absolutely! But that takes money. And the belugas you mention were already illegally captured and being held in an inadequate facility in Russia; so again, these animals were already in captivity and could not be released. SeaWorld was trying to get them to place them in a more comfortable situation; again, we would like them to be completely free, but that's not possible.

        October 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Sean

      Actually, people refusing to go to Sea World does quite a bit. Cut off the ticket sales, and Sea World will no longer be able to operate – something most of us are wishing will be the outcome of Blackfish.

      Increased awareness and knowledge of facts is rarely a bad thing.

      PS – the general suggestion isn't that the Orcas be released to the wild, but that an Ocean sanctuary be setup, where they can thrive. It is farily well understood they wouldn't likely survive if completely freed.

      At an absolute minimum, the mothers and their off-spring need to be united. It is clear from research that has already been done that Orca mothers and their offspring live together for life. Orcas are intelligent, emotionally advanced creatures. Neither the mothers, nor the children, would 'forget' they were separated. Not in month, not in a year, not in a decade.

      I am a father. If you took my son from me – a decade later (if I hadn't killed myself), I would not have forgotten about my son!

      October 26, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Sean

      PS: regarding your point above about the whales which had already been illegally captured, thus cannot be returned to the wild, and are currently held in less than adequate Russian facilities. Allowing a US organization to buy these whales, under the guise that the intent is to improve their conditions (no finacial incentive whatsoever, right?), just encourages further capture of illegal whales. It is a nifty little trick Sea World (and many, many others) play – let third parties do the illegal dirty work. Then, come in and 'save the day' by buying the ill-treated animals. Its a win-win-win for Sea World, thieves, and the world's ignorant masses. Intelligent mammals (to include Orcas and some humans) lose.

      At some point, you have to stop the cycle. Just because it is DIFFICULT to stop, and may even cause some degree of trauma for the current stocks of whales, doesn't mean the solution is to just let the cycle of capture & captivity continue.

      October 26, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  36. LA Donatt

    I agree with Sofia (prior comment). My daughter worked above the beluga whales as a featured aerialist in the Azul show in Sea World, San Antonio , Texas. Since she helped develop the show in Montreal, Canada, & brought it to Texas; she became particularly close to the belugas. Julia knows 1st hand how well the animals are cared for and absolutely loved. But the space they live in can never be big enough...Julia now has her own Aerial Horizon Company in San Antonio. You may look up my daughter for further information.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:33 am | Reply
  37. Dana Dallabetta

    They took the baby from the Mom in Orlando and she went to the corner of the pool and just sat there shaking and screaming....and Jack Hanna said in the interview afterward that he thinks this is ok

    October 25, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  38. Liliya galustyan

    Sea world should be shut down and free the whales

    October 25, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
  39. Tara

    I have said this fir many years, I will never attend Seaworld ever, nor will my entire family or children. Never.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:23 am | Reply
  40. linda hale

    No I will not go to SeaWorld nor would I take a child there to learn to love the animals to death. How about watching a good Jaques Cousteau program , or read a book. I do not buy into the science and conservation line that "out of sight, out of mind" or we must see them up close and personal in order to save them. Please. What a sad commentary for the human species if they can't appreciate another species wonder without seeing it up close. Try an imax theatre. This is immoral. I went to seaworld in the 80's and I had a sick feeling in my gut watching these giant creatures in the bathtub, performing for us human species. The whole show was sensationalized with music and calling out "kiiler whale this or that". I was ashamed. We are suppose to be stewards. Thanks to the producers/directors of this movie and to CNN for airing it. Even more shocking was seeing those 4 whales sent from SeaWorld sent over to Canary Islands, and the 4 yr old separated from it's mother, crying in sounds the trainers had never heard , and sent to another swimming pool far away.! Shame on us all.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
  41. Carrieona Robinson

    No I would not take my children to sea world, marine world or any other place like that. All whales and dolphins that can be returned should be, and those to old should be retired to a sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace. They are owed that much, although it will never take away from the lives that were stolen from them. It is ethically wrong to treat an intelligent living being like a cash cow. Respect for all life is crucial to our ability to survive and thrive in this beautiful world, which would be all the poorer at the loss of all the animals we threaten and enslave. Money is not worth their freedom or well-being. Set them free.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:20 am | Reply
  42. Lisa Dobrusky

    Tonight I watched CNN and the Blackfish documentary. I was so angry and sad..I hated to watch these beautiful animals in such terrible conditions..to go from the grand ocean to a box is cruel but to rip them from their family and to make them have a relationship with humans ..humans that stole them from their homes then to expect them to behave with grace not hostility..REALLY.. I will never go to Seaworld or even to the circus because that is all that is ..a water circus.. so exuse my language F@#K ENTERTAINMENT purposes..Human beings have enough entertainment.. we need help them when they need our help but then to let them go home.. I do Thank the people that made this documentary and CNN for making this a Topic for discussion..bringing awareness is important.. These animals are so loving so amazing if people truly cared or loved them they would let them live in their natural environment with the others like them their families..NOT OURS!!.. Thanks CNN

    October 25, 2013 at 3:20 am | Reply
  43. Julia

    I think orcas are truly amazing mammals who are intelligent and smarter than we realize. Tillicum should be freed period. He has killed three times and Sea World should free him before it happens again which will just be a matter of time.
    These beautiful animals are meant to have the whole oceans to roam not be confined to a tank, and separated from their close-nit families. It is obvious by looking at them they are frustrated. This is so sad.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
  44. Susan

    We will never step foot in SeaWorld again and wish we never had in the past. Another sad part of the story was Jack Hanna who fell off the pedestal for me...his comments were way off.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
  45. Justin

    This crossfire made me sick.
    That ignorant trainer must have been paid big to lie like that. Sad.

    October 25, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
  46. Renee May

    Obviously, we have seen these creatures need to be with their pods, in the wide ocean, not imprisoned for Sea Worlds Profits and our Entertainment!!! Knowing much more today than we have ... It's a knowing enslavement to keep them enslaved in jail chambers and made to perform and produce on command.. Is horrific!!! Trainers given false information, being injured or killed !!! All of it is just Wrong!! Anyway you look at it !!

    October 25, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
  47. sabrina

    I love Seaworld i always loved watching the Shamoo shows.Maybe they should shorten the shows bit an give them breaks so its less stress on them.I think it be sad to not see them live because Shamoo is a big part of seaworld.Its like Disneyland mickeys a big part of Disney an it be sad if mickey was no longer part of Disney.So they should stay but make it more easy for them.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:46 am | Reply
    • PeopleSuck

      You do know that Mickey Mouse is not a real creature right? I don't see how you can compare Mickey Mouse to a living thing.

      October 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • PeopleSuck

      Give the whales a coffee break. Great idea!

      October 25, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
  48. Michelle

    They are a wild animal leave them be. You wouldn't want someone locking you in a cage. They can't speak for themselves how do you know what they are thinking.Who gives someone the right to decide what trick an animal is going to do. These corporate idiots think money is more important than the trainers and the animal.Do they think they are the expert I think not. Concept ; a wild animal . Another senerio put the money hungry idiot in the ocean and see how long he last. Does he think the whales will can be trained

    October 25, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Actally, it appears they can speak for themselves, and, on more than one occassion, they have spoken very loudly!

      The not-so-rare event of the Orcas pulling trainers under water, for an extended period, is no accident. Clearly, the Orcas are frustrated and upset, and yanking the trainers under water is a sort of 'wake up, I hate this place!' smack in the face.

      Yes, most the time, the Orcas are well-behaved and obedient. But this is because:

      1) They are hungry, and they know who has the food, and what they need to do to get it.

      2) Orcas are, by nature, friendly.

      3) They are bored out of their minds – any interaction is better than none.

      None of that suggests they are happy to be in a swimming pool.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  49. Nicole

    Shame on anyone associated with keeping these beautiful creatures enslaved. What is wrong with man that he has such a need/desire to control and dominate other species? From hunting wild, exotic animals, factory farms, circus animals, slaughtering dolphins and shooting any four legged animal or bird and calling it a sport to confining these amazing giants...I'M SO TIRED AND DISGUSTED BY THE HUMAN RACE! The answer is obviously NO and wouldn't it be really nice if this movie and the support it is getting will really make a difference? These poor whales are at this very minute floating in their small, dark prisons... lets bankrupt all these parks! THEY CANT SURVIVE WITH OUT PATRONS...SO DONT STEP FOOT IN ANY OF THEM!

    October 25, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  50. Herenia

    Thank you CNN for showing Blackfish. My heart hurts knowing that all these beautiful whales live in captivity. Free the whales, dolphins, sea lions.

    October 25, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply
  51. Gina

    Based on all of the evidence and testimony Sea World and other entertainment animal compounds can't undo the harm done. But, they can make it RIGHT for the whales and other animals forced to live their remaining years in captivity. Develop a more natural habitat for these animals to be studied, admired and cared for until their sad lives come to an end. We are all to blame for blindly accepting and participating in what is unacceptable by all standards of humanity. Humans are studied in their free and natural environment, so why not the same for whales?

    October 25, 2013 at 1:17 am | Reply
  52. brelane

    I'm so sad for the killer whales after watching Blackfish. Please set them free.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
  53. Trisha

    Free them!!!! No human would ever endure the kind of life these whales live of their own free will. To be ripped away from the family unit is a crime not only to the captured whale but the rest of the pod as well. The mental & physical pain they endure is unspeakable! No facility will ever be able to duplicate their natural way of living....captivity is just that – CAPTIVITY! The word captive means to be held prisoner...enough said

    October 25, 2013 at 12:51 am | Reply
  54. globtrotter5k

    I made a pledge with my 4th grade class that I would boycott Sea World. I remember taking a field trip there as a kid and listening to an animal rights activist Smith thereafter. Our class watched Free Willy and watching Willy the whale return to the wild made me so happy. It saddened me to know that he was so distressed in captivity. I am 30 years old now and not only have I kept my promise to not patronize Sea World, my children will not be going there either.

    Like the guest said, some animals fare better in captivity than others and I learned a bit more than I knew before about the importance of keeping laces like zoos and animal parks open and accessible to people, particularly children. Like the film producer stated, the main difference between zoos and places like sea world, is that the former teaches a lot about the animals in their natural habitats while the latter uses animals like orkas for sheer entertainment. That is NOT education but exploitation.

    Species like whales, line, elephants, etc should NEVER be taken from the wild and used for amusement. That was irresponsible of Sea World to do that. Knowing where the whales SHOULD be (in the ocean) and where they are (in a tank) takes away all pleasure of seeing them perform a few tricks could f hours a day.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  55. barbara LaFollette

    Iagree that the magnificent creatures need to be free returned to their families why does seaworld try to justify keeping these wlld creatures for education and cruelly training them for entertainment risking peoples lives all for the big buck

    October 25, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  56. Mercedes

    If they know "their" animals why didn't they or couldn't they predict the death of their trainers or the injuries? they are not THEIR animals the animals belong to the ocean

    October 25, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  57. gina bryant

    Dear SeaWorld, please build more rides and END all the whale and dolphin performance shows. They are a thing of the past. Modern families care about the emotional welfare of animals and to see them doing tricks for us doesn't feel right. I am not surprised at the reaction of over 80 percent of people writing to CNN. We all watched the Cove and Blackfish and hearing you defend yourselves is just like watching you digging a deeper hole. The truth is too obvious to the average person. Even my Grandma agrees!

    October 25, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  58. Matt

    Saw jack hanna trying to defend seaworld after the blackfish doc. He is currently on seaworlds website promoting speaking engagements at seaworld! Looks like seaworld is using him as their publicist.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • S McKay

      Matt, the other male person on the post-show panel was Billy Hurley from the Georgia Aquarium. He is actively involved in the attempt to import eighteen beluga whales from Russia... the aquarium's permit was denied by NOAA a few months ago, the GA is apparently going to attempt again to get those belugas. The same man is also proud and responsible for introducing eleven captive dolphins to the Georgia Aquarium, where they have to perform in shows and be bred. The Georgia Aquarium is a member of the AZA and AMMPA. If you do not know what those organizations are, they both are industry self-funded groups that promote and/or support marine mammal captivity. Their members include SeaWorld, the Georgia Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, etc.

      October 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  59. Melvin Taylor

    We should free all the whales. they are not like anilmles in the zoo

    October 25, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
  60. survivin2bjoyful4him

    NO. I would NEVER, ever go to SeaWorld as an adult or take children there. There is nothing NATURAL or humane about any wild animal in captivity UNLESS it's being rehabilitated from an injury and most CERTAINLY SHOULD NEVER be exploited for entertainment value.

    I went as a child over 40 years ago. Even then, I remember crying because I could only think of how beautiful such an animal would be so much more in its natural habitat.

    The ORCAS have stated their needs and wishes well. I swear, when I heard the mother killer whale separate the baby from her, I lost it. SEA WORLD CONDONES THAT? What hypocrisy. "Saving" wildlife & all their razz ma tazz conservation efforts while condoning habitat hunts for "FRESH MEAT" for their shows! UGH!

    The questions were not asked that needed to be asked in Crossfire. Should Timinikuh be in particular placed in a more human RESTING place to live out the remainder of his life after all humanity has inflicted on him? YES, yes, YES. To punish him after decades of being exploited, maimed, mistreated, starved, ridden like a surfboard, coerced - not to mention his early life trauma - it's disgustingly inhumane & makes me sick to be part of the human race. USE YOUR BRAINS, humanity. Not your pocketbook alone. The love of money is the root of all evil. And boy, does SeaWorld love their money!

    Seeing a noble creature masturbated by his trainers - oh my gosh! How horrid. Rape. Plain and simple. So more babies are born to make more money for the bigshots.

    So you want to really free the killer whales? STOP BUYING THE TICKETS AND THE MARKETING PRODUCT. Boycott ANY business that supports an organization that tortures animals, turns a blind eyes to THREE human lives, glibly puts off the raking, the confined quarters, and torture of animals while touting "conservationism".

    Grey, you are a hypocrite. You want to "feel okay" about the environment at Sea World and similar places, because of "positive" reinforcement techniques. Like that absolves humanity from ripping these creatures' family units apart and forcing them into unnatural habitats. Shame on you. Mr. Hanna - sitting there talking about the wonders of zoos and Sea World, with your snakeskin hat on your hat - disgusting. You're rich and able to buy such stuff BECAUSE of your exploitation of these majestic creatures. We're not supposed to SEE everything in the world. UNLESS it comes to us. We are not to force creatures out of their natural units so that we can "experience" them. What hogwash.

    I lived in China and saw the worst of what men do to animals in zoos. The only difference between them and us is that we have bigger, fancier, high tech prisons - that's all.

    The killer whales are crying. Broken hearted. Torn from their families. Starved as coercion to learn "tricks". We are no worse than the games of Rome that barbarically supported human sacrifice as "entertainment" when we choose to do the same to another mammal. Remember that when tempted to buy admission to Sea World. I will not support them with my money.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • Marie

      I found it FUNNY that Sea World did not have anything to say towards this documentary. I was horrified when I saw the mother calf crying. What else bother me, you PAID an expert to come examine the whale and wonder why she was making those noises. WHAT?! Are you crazy. I am no expert yet I knew what the noises where about. I will never walk into another Sea World again. I told my co workers today, do NOT support Sea World or any amusement park when animals are treated cruel. I thank CNN for bringing awareness to the public eye. I hope Sea World goes out of business. I am sure the trainers are being paid tons of money to say things. It was ex trainers TELLING us the TRUE stories. They need to be free..The nerve of Jack Hanna. Let the killer whales go!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • What.can.we.do?

      My family will never spend money at Sea World or, any other affiliated business. I'm ashamed of our species for so many reasons. We lack compassion. Why cant we ever be satisfied with our basic needs being met? Donations and research can be done without show boating these dilapidated, suffering, sickly looking whales. Can anyone tell me how to help?

      October 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Cathy L Wood

      I couldn't have said it better myself. I will never go to SEAWORLD or any other place that benefits from harboring ORCAS.

      October 27, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  61. gss1011

    How sad we have become so arrogant & selfish as a human species that we ignore nature & make clowns & performers of other sentient beings that possess their own lives & functions merely to alleviate our pathetic boredom.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • Erin

      Agreed. For Sea World's representative to say their about the education is bogus. If they were for the education of the public they wouldn't take baby Killer whales away from their mothers. Keeping them together would show the public how close a bond they hold with their own true family members.

      October 25, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
    • Renee May

      It's all about the all mighty dollar!! Like every shitty thing that has happened in our history.. Sickening!

      October 25, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Kenny Smith

      Its just my opinion , but I think after the whales give us enjoyment and entertainment for several years ,around 15-25 yrs we should give them a big reward and let them go into the wild !!! Just an opinion , but lets think of something people we cant keep them until they die , damn it.

      October 25, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply
  62. Erin

    What gives us the right to go in and pluck these magnificent creatures out of their natural habitat and then throw them into a pool. It is obvious that these whales are highly intelligent and emotional beings that respond similarly to us humans so what makes us think that they can't or won't get PTSD. I go crazy when I can't go for a run so I can't imagine how a whale in a tank feels. We're talking about mammals that cross the globe many times in their lifetime and so for anyone to call the incidences that occurred at Sea World or any of the other marine parks isolated instances, is to clearly not understand how frustrated and depressed these Killer whales are. I live on Vancouver Island close to Tofino on the West Coast and I've seen Killer whales in their natural environment as well as many years ago at Sea World with my family, and I can honestly say, it was a million times more breath taking and educational in the wild. You don't need to take your kids to the aquarium to have them experience the wonder of the killer whale.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • Renee May

      I took my young daughters to see Shamu when they were under 5. They fell in love !! I never thought anything about the treatment and conditions of the facility. U assumed they had to follow strict laws and were always being monitored. I had no idea that a huge park like that could get by with all these horrible things they have done and continue to do !! I was very naive.. Apparently a lot of the trainers were misled also, sadly!

      October 25, 2013 at 3:01 am | Reply
  63. julie

    i went to sea world as a teenager and when i saw shamoo i cried. i had seen something of such beauty up close. it is still one of my most magical memories.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
  64. Linda

    Seaworld should release the killer whales. There are now lots of educational materials

    October 25, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  65. Janis Totham-Davies

    I just hope that everyone out there in this big country called America now knows and realizes just what kind of people run seaworld, and what kind of evil this company represents. If that isn’t enough to stop you all going through the gates of these and all facilities like them in the future, then this country and planet has no future with people like you in it. People that allow this to continue to happen year after year. Imagine yourself in a concrete tub the size of a tiny bathroom for the rest of your life with no chance of ever getting free, forced to eat something that is totally unnatural to you and forced to perform mindless tricks in front of another species.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Michelle

      They are a wild animal leave them be. You wouldn't want someone locking you in a cage. They can't speak for themselves how do you know what they are thinking.Who gives someone the right to decide what trick an animal is going to do. These corporate ,idiots think money is more important than the trainers and the animal.Do they think they are the expert I think not. Concept ; a wild animal . Another senerio put the money hungry idiot in the ocean and see how long he last. Does he think the whales will can be trained

      October 25, 2013 at 2:16 am | Reply
    • Mark Berman

      Remember Keiko ? Star of Free Willy?
      He was rehabilitated and released to the wild in Iceland after 20 years as a captive.
      Keiko thrived and lived in the natural habitat with wild orcas. It can be done with others held against their will at Sea world , Miami Seaquarium and other such parks. The failed experiment of keeping cetaceans captive must end. Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy is a must see on how orcas can be returned to their true home
      Mark Berman
      Free Willy Keiko Foundation
      Berkeley CA

      October 25, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  66. Bobby Beattie

    Yes after a certain time frame. We can obviously learn a lot and gain an appreciation for these animals from seeing them in places like sea world. But there should be laws forcing these places to release these whales in like 5 years. I know great time and money is spent traing the whales but at some point they, I believe should be returned to the wild. Or placed in larger facilities where they just swim freely without having to perform.
    And yes I will still take my kids to a place like sea world- if they have other exhibits to also see. We attended a place this summer like sea world in Corpus Christi and did not see the dolphin show. We were happy just seeing all the other marine life on display.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:20 am | Reply
    • Janet Davis

      Actually what is known about the Orca has been learned by studying them in the wild. Seaworld's captive Orca research has shown, the do not do well in captivity! Seaworld does not educate their attendees on the real Orca knowledge as that points to the dismal way they live and die young and sick in captivity.

      October 25, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
  67. Lynn Hudson

    It is morally and ethically wrong to imprison any sentient creature. We have no RIGHT to tear apart families and lives and manipulate nature. Just TRY to imagine another species doing this to human beings. We are such a pompous, self-righteous and greedy lot.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  68. PJ

    Unbelievable! Cannot believe the conditions these whales have to deal with. Will not go to Seaworld anytime soon. Too bad Seaworld chose not to tell their side of the story. It has truly hurt them. And anything they might have to say now is a little too little, a little too late.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Dom W

      This film does a thorough and intelligent job of highlighting real issues in the context of a complex topic. It is clearly true that these parks play a critical role in educating people about amimals that most would never see, and that has huge benefits for both humans and the animals. However, that does not give the companies that profit from these parks free reign to manipulate the reality of the risk, to hide or excuse some of their decisions in their own interests. Seaworld defends itself to CNN by saying the film exploits the tragic death of their employee. Yet immediately after her death they were the first to blame her and absolve themselves from liability. People have the right to make their own minds up about that, and therefore to choose the parks they go to to both spend their money and educate their children. The fact that the philosophy and intent of the industry has real virtue does not mean that all those that profit from it are motivated by that virtue.

      October 25, 2013 at 3:07 am | Reply
  69. Bruce Head

    They have miss the point these whales are not like most animals. We are disrupting there way of life and they know it that what make this so wrong. Any self aware animals should now be held in prison to entertainment use or study. If you want to study whales you should do it in the wild. Or what are we learning what are we gaining by this.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
  70. barbara LaFollette

    I am such a lover of animals and it tears my heart to see these beautiful creatures used for peoples entertainment and kept in captivity scientists have done research on animals without captivity these magnificent mammals need to be in their natural habitat this film was an eye opener and I am appalled

    October 25, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • barbara LaFollette

      I said thee beautiful creatures need to be in their natural habitat where they can enjoy being with their families God gave us animals to learn from not to abuse

      October 25, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
  71. Tim BIshop

    No.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
  72. tom g

    Seaworld should free the whales and dolphins. Circuses should not have animals as entertainment.
    Thanks, CNN, for airing blacklist.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Misty

      TRUTH!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
  73. Lynn Langmead

    I would never take my child to Seaworld , I would educate my child as I was about Orcas through educational films and books and save every dime to hopefully someday visit them in the wild as I have off of Sooke Victoria BC.
    It's CRUEL and UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT to keep these whales in captivity , what is wrong with anyone , like Jack Hannah who thinks it's ok to keep these large creatures with passionate thinking feelings like us in small pools .
    To learn more about Jack Hannah lets keep him in a solitary prison cell and see what we learn about him.
    Lets practice the golden rule with Orcas , 'do unto orcas as we would do unto ourselves '
    Someday we will look back and be ashamed of ourselves for what we've done to Orcas

    October 25, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • Misty

      GOOD!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
  74. anita roberts

    those orcas that can survive in the ocean....YES those too old should be given an enclosed area as big as possible...I think the orcas have made their opinion very clear

    October 25, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Bear

      I don't believe any large, intelligent animal should be kept in captivity. Ellephants, dolphins, primates, big cats, they should all be left in their natural habits to live out their life according to nature, however short or difficult it may be. We should focus our attention and good works on maintaining what little natural habitat these creatures have left. One thing that the sympathetic public (I'm a member) should understand, however, is that none of the CAPTIVE-BRED orcas housed in aquariums around the world today can ever be released into the wild. They don't possess the skills required to survive. Humans cannot teach a whale where to find, or how to hunt their natural prey. They cannot teach them how to communicate with wild orcas. Some wild pods cannot "converse" with other pods because each family group has its own unique language or dialect. And nothing is more breath-taking than seeing wild orcas swimming free. My wife & I took a whale watching trip from Anacortes, Washington out into Puget Sound several years ago. The boats are not allowed to approach the whales, but the whales CHOSE to come to the boat. One young male even swam around the us several times with a 20 pound salmon in its jaws, as if to show us its prize catch! If you want to take your children to see orcas, this is the way to do it.

      October 25, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
  75. Dick Koepke

    No, I would not take my children or anyone else to Sea World.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  76. mithra

    Seaworld should free all the killer whales and cease the program. It's heartbreaking to enslave these creatures. Shame on Seaworld.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
  77. Ronald Kotkin

    On Crossfire the Sea World trainer kept referring to the use of positive reinforcement as a justification of their work with Orcas. He failed to mention that positive reinforcement and the use of behavior modification is amoral. What you choose to focus on can be both positive and negative. You can influence an Orca to attempt behaviors that are both harmful to the mammal and unnatural. Stating that they are using positive reinforcement as the sole justification for keeping Orcas in captivity is poor justification.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
    • Misty

      TRUTH!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  78. kelly

    I have watched blackfish, then watched A360 and Crossfire. I respect everyone's comments. However with respect of the reporters asking questions..this is the question that was not asked.
    Yes I understand when animals are hurt and they need to be saved and reason aquariums help them. sometimes they can not go back in the wild because they will be killed.
    However the question that is not asked...why are you grabbing sperm from the whales and breeding them then sending them to other aquariums? babies are leaving their mothers to become entertainers? yes trainers LOVE them we all do. but this is not right. A person said tonight that some whales love being there or we study them. what? turn it around. what if whales can capture us? silly because that would never happen. Bottom line is..we are all God's creatures and whales or any animals need to be in their environment. they need to learn to love, fight, live or die in it. Just like humans.
    dont compare a journalist dying in the world of reporting to a whale being captivated. dumb. the ocean is amazing let them be...whale hunting is what we need to go after. save the animals that are hurt but dont breed them to ship them off for entertainment money. best analogy I can share..a mother always on meth who is always getting pregnant and giving her multiple kids up for adoption. yes they are loved but some go into foster parents. they are scared, some are abused, but end of day they are some how broken because they are not with the person who gave birth to them. thanks for reading. not sure anything will come from this email.
    Kelly

    October 25, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
    • Misty

      TRUTH!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • Helen

      Kelly............I whole-heartedly agree with your sentiments............who do they think they are kidding?? In the end it is all about.Money and entertainment...............these poor mammals don't have a say ...prisoners to entertain for their food!! Everyone should just stay away from Sea Worlds and maybe when the money stops....they will be set free!!.....It is always about getting rich......................My heart is heavy now that I have seen how they are trapped until the next show is due!!...................Please everyone................stay away from this Seaworld of Entertainment?????I am mad as Hell !!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
      • Helen

        The word is BOYCOTT the SEA WORLD of Entertainment???When the $$$$$$$$$ cash flo stops...they will be forced to OPEN the Gates of Hell and release these precious Mammals...............they have hearts....emotions.....and feel trapped in small quarters.......................The public may not have been in touch of how cruel these creatures are being imprisoned and I was one of you!!!.....but that is in the past........Now that we are all AWARE of their horrible living conditions.....Lets spread the word to end this God forsaken torture!!!..................LET YOUR VOICES EXPRESS YOUR ANGER!!! PEACE....HELEN

        October 25, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  79. CS

    Whales and marine life in concrete tanks is torture for them and no ends justify their imprisonment and suffering. Humans only see these majestic animals confined with no escape forced to do silly tricks for entertainment of people who are told noting about their true pain and suffering. Keeping these animals stuck in metal boxes for countless hours a day is shocking!!!! They cannot escape!!!!

    October 25, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • Misty

      TRUTH!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
  80. Diane DeLeada

    These magnificent, intelligent animals belong in the ocean with their families and fellow orcas.

    Keeping them in captivity is inhumane. I know that I will never support Sea World and urge others to do the same.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • Rob C

      I had better head to Sea World before every amatuer biologist expert shuts them down. You have to love America, one movie and the Lemmings all come running... No matter if they have the true or up to date facts.
      What can I make a movie about. I say poor drivers, they almost kill me every day. I am going to try to get cars banned, they kill hundreds every day.

      October 25, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
      • Sheldon

        So according to you what are the true up to date facts? Enlighten us.

        October 25, 2013 at 2:42 am |
      • Tara

        Rob, if u feel the need, just educate yourself on the facts that blackfish portrayed. If u pick up the studies, read the facts, read testimonials of trainers who were not on blackfish and most of all respect living things, especially animals as intelligent as orcas, u will see everything that blackfish said is legitimate. If anything Seaworld should be counting their blessings, they got off easy. There is so much more dirty laundry they have that wasn't aired. They own Loro Park. They make these other aquariums around the world take these animals from international waters, then let them stay at these other locations, then eventually inherit the best ones. Seaworld has also turned a blind eye to the dolphin slaughter in Japan each year, where the pretty ones are sold to aquariums and the others are eaten. This is the same area where some of the other orca's were captured by Seaworld but under a different company name. If they are so concerned with conservation they would give some of their 4.6 billion dollars a year to stop this. But they just play stupid. Seaworld really is a money maker who continually covers up whale deaths and turns a blind eye to their money making animals and says they are conservationist since the rehabilitate otters n seals n such for release to keep the act up. Just read up on it and have compassion for these innocent creatures. To compare whales to other drivers is just ignorant.

        October 25, 2013 at 3:17 am |
      • Dana Dallabetta

        think much?

        October 25, 2013 at 3:32 am |
      • PeopleSuck

        I think you should be banned from humanity.

        October 25, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  81. Janis Totham-Davies

    Orcas or any whales or dolphins should not be held captive and forced to perform meaningless tricks to please mindless people who pay to see such dreadful cruelty. These animals are kept in concrete tanks and suffer the most dreadful abuse their whole lives. They are taught to eat cold dead fish which is unnatural in itself, they are left on the bottom of their tanks with no water while the tanks are scrubbed out and cleaned and the water changed. If you went behind the scenes for eight weeks at one of these so called sea parks you would be horrified at the suffering of these animals. Do Not patronize them and campaign to shut them all down.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
    • Misty

      truth!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
  82. William Ryall

    The era of cruelty towards whales is nearing an end. SeaWorld is desperately trying to preserve their billion dollar business based on cruel and unusual punishment. They will continue to fight a losing media battle because they don't have the truth on their side.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  83. yvonne collins

    absolutely not after seeing how they are treated and the conditions they are in

    October 25, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  84. Joyce Delario

    Yes. I do believe that we should free the Orcas. Films can be made of these beautiful creatures in their natural surroundings, as well as showing in their time in captivity, in order to acquaint and educate us. They are far too intelligent to be kept in captivity. I feel the same way about elephants, monkeys and gorillas. We sure wouldn't like it.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  85. Zack Heart

    Enough has been learnt from this species for humans understanding of them and they have served that purpose for science. It is now time to free them as it is immoral and disrespectful to this life form we share timid planet with, as seen by the overwhelming evidence.

    Zack Heart
    Wildlife Specialist & TV Personality

    October 25, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
  86. LT Jaeger

    Newt Gingrich talking like he's a marine biologist has about as much credibility as me talking like I'm a Russian cosmonaut.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • Sheldon

      That's what I thought. What's Newt doing there? I thought he wasn't finished with moon colonies or putting school Kid's to work as janitors.

      October 25, 2013 at 2:36 am | Reply
  87. J.allison

    Absolutely... It's all about $'s not the animals... I will never go to sea world again

    October 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
  88. lynda jamrozik

    Yes. Horrifying. Unethical. Cruel. Boycott SeaWorld.

    October 25, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  89. Bianca Briola

    Sea world should definetly release Kiki back into the wild, he is obviously unhappy there.
    This is so so sad. I would not take my kids to sea world now after seeing the movie. Release him please

    October 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  90. Laura Williams

    The basic question regarding the captivity of whales is not being asked nor answered: Where are whales better off? In a tank or in the ocean? No amount of spin by Grey Stafford can convince me that these magnificent creatures should be anywhere but in their natural environment.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  91. Barbara Adams

    Blackfish tears your heart out over the captivity of Orca's. I used to enjoy Sea World, but never quite could understand how huge mammals could stand to be caged in such small spaces after having the whole ocean to roam. Then, because they are intelligent, to be trained slaves to perform day in and day out. It disgusts me to my soul. Free them! Just free them.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Misty

      truth!!!

      October 25, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  92. Janis Totham-Davies

    No, I would never take any child or grandchild of mine to seaworld or anywhere else where whales and dolphins are captive. It is time to stop this dreadful cruelty.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  93. geri

    #no

    October 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  94. bradtthornburgh1

    I'd like to raise the issue that the Ocean is 3/4 of our planet. That Orcas are known to be intelligent mammals that are family centric and community oriented. That Orcas are not decimating their environment like we are with our toxic technologies and littering. That these creatures communicate in a language that we are not able to understand. What right do we have to kidnap them, subject them to slavish work and justify it for the purpose of protecting their species... If a species did this to us, we would go to war. You can be arrogant, and you can be stupid, but you can't be both and expect to succeed in sustaining your species and evolving.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  95. Rob C

    First time watching watching crossfire. All I can say is what a dirt bag Van Jones is. One movie and he is now condeming an industry? Maybe a bit of fact finding before you go on attack. This guy is what is wrong with America today.
    No one would be ok with animals being abused. Take a breath guy. Maybe ask a question and let them condemn themselves. But no, that wouldn't be devisive and be more like an American, and even more like a politican. I hope you dont teach your kids that thought process.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  96. Madison Floyd

    It shouldn't be free the killer whales. It needs to be stop capturing them no matter the reason. Look back to keiko (free willy). It was a 20 year process to free him and it was ultimately deemed a failure even though his pod was found and he was taught to hunt. So don't worry about freeing them because it'll be too costly by the time every single pod is tracked down and that's for the whales born in the wild. And as for Tilikum, as sad as this is, he should just be put to sleep before someone else gets killed. Three people and now he just splashes the audience and artificiality impregnates other females...that's no life for a highly intelligent and social creature.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  97. L Carlson

    Based on what we know now in 2013 , these whales are in prison everyday of their lives. They should not ever be in captivity.They need to be free and with their family. These are highly evolved creatures. TILLICUM DESERVED TO BE FREE. HE HAS BEEN ISOLATED AND EMOTIONALLY TORTURED for years now.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  98. Sheri Fourez

    How long are we going to tolerate poor treatment of these whales and dangerous conditions for these trainers? These whales are showing us how wrong it is to keep them in captivity.....Problem is no one with the power to release these whales is listening.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  99. bonnie

    Sea world needs to be shut down and free all the animals I wish people would call or as what they are they are a porpoise

    October 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • TOC60

      Yea, right. Put completely defenseless animals into the wild. They have been in captivity for so long they don't know what a predator is much less be able to defend themselves.

      October 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  100. Sofia

    Why is this even a question or debate. Free them! We have no right locking up an animal like that, especially in such horrible conditions. Free the whales!

    October 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
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