Commend Investigation of Captive Orca Business

Target: Gabriella Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish

Goal: Applaud creation of the film “Blackfish,” which exposes the cruelties of the captive whale industry

The grim reality of a 12,000 pound marine mammal that lives in a bathtub has surfaced. A  documentary titled “Blackfish” has exposed the hidden agendas of businesses that hold marine mammals captive and force them to perform for paying customers. “Blackfish” is moving, groundbreaking and an honest look into a captive orca’s depressing life. This documentary has rightfully caused many people to question the captive orca industry and whether or not it should stay in business.

“Blackfish” focuses on captive orcas and their heart-wrenching plight. The film documents the wild-whale capture process, training of orcas, behaviors of wild versus captive whales, and ultimately the psychosis of captive whales. The film relies on facts and interviews with former trainers, along with released video of captive whale attacks, to captivate its audience and inspire an emotional reaction. A main focus of the film is an orca that has received a lot of publicity: Tilikum, an orca kept at SeaWorld, who killed his trainer in 2010. This killing was not the first human-death incident involving a captive killer whale, and presumably will not be the last.

“Blackfish” is at times hard to watch, though it very well may be the most influential documentary of 2013. It has inspired questioning of SeaWorld and its motives for keeping whales captive when it is now understood that captive whales are agitated and dangerous. The film has caused celebrities to cancel shows at SeaWorld, children to refuse a trip to the park and adults to vow to help wild orcas and protest the captivity of marine mammals.

By signing this petition you applaud “Blackfish” and what it stands for; you also join the movement against keeping intelligent marine life captive.


Dear Gabriella Cowperthwaite,

Your documentary titled “Blackfish” has inspired a movement against keeping wild-caught and captive-bred orcas for human entertainment. It covers many emotional aspects of keeping an orca captive, including the psychosis that many whales undergo while in captivity. Your courage and determination in showing the dark side of the captive marine mammal industry is hailed and appreciated.

The documentary has caused many celebrities to publicly cut ties with SeaWorld, children to protest field-trips to the park and adults to vow to never visit the park. Whales do not belong in captivity, and your documentary proves this in an extremely effective manner.

I vow to help you on your journey through support of this petition, and by ensuring my support goes to wild-whale efforts, rather than an industry in the business of exploiting their intelligence and magnificence. It is my hope that the captive whale industry no longer flourishes, and wild whales have a peaceful existence.

Thank you for all that you do for the whales.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Let There Be Movies via Wikimedia Commons

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