Since the release of Blackfish, a documentary which chronicled the troubled life of the orca Tilikum (above), in 2013, the percentage of Americans opposed to cetacean captivity has risen to 50% (up 11% from a 2012 poll). SeaWorld’s attendance has dropped 13% in the first quarter of 2014, with earnings down 11%. The Blackstone Group, which purchased SeaWorld in 2009, reduced their holdings of SeaWorld’s stock to 25%. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is now considering ending their practice of displaying dolphins and retiring their animals to a sea pen. The ‘Blackfish effect’ has changed so many lives, but what about its star, Tilikum?
After a year of costly PR campaigns, YouTube videos and commercials touting their exceptional animal care, Tilikum and the other orcas at SeaWorld’s parks haven’t seen any real improvement in their lives. Their tanks haven’t been expanded, broken family bonds have not been repaired and Tilikum the deadly 12,000 pound bull orca is still floating like a cork in the dank pool that made him famous. After a year of protests, reduced turnstile clicks and constant attacks on their social media platforms, SeaWorld still hasn’t gotten the message and Tilikum, the one being whose existence should have felt the biggest impact from the Blackfish effect, remains untouched by its message.
SeaWorld is never going to volunteer to do the right thing by Tilikum or any of their 28 other whales, it’s up to us to #emptythetanks.
This girl, named Hannah Batty, has been reported missing and was last seen at Warped Tour in Toronto.
Please take a second of your time to reblog this post and help us find this girl.
Batty is described as white, 5’5”, 115 lbs., with brown eyes and long, dyed blue hair. She was wearing a black tank top, blue denim cut-off shorts and black Vans sneakers. She has stretchers in her earlobes.
"Concert-goers, promoters, crew, vendors and bands from Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour stop July 4 are being asked to come forward if they remember seeing someone fitting the description of Hannah Batty, or to check their cell phones for inadvertently snapped photos or videos that she happens to be in. The 15-year-old, with long dyed blue hair and wearing a Ghost Town shirt — one of the acts on the bill — was last seen at the lakefront concert at The Flats at Molson Amphitheatre on the Ontario Place grounds at approximately 8 p.m.” (full article here)
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Keep reblogging, guys. We need to reach as many people as we can. The 2 seconds you take to reblog this post could mean a literal lifetime to Hannah.
I love family portraits.
I see how it is. Rihanna can wear a shiny, completely transparent dress in public and everyone loves it, but when I did it, I was “wasting saran wrap” and “ruining Easter, Daniel.”
This was the single funniest thing I have ever seen a president do.
I’M STILL LAUGHING.
I will never not reblog this.
Let’s all take a moment to remember that Obama actually fucking did this omg
twitter user foxylalonde telling it like it is
This is not food. These are beautiful living beings. Her eyes are for seeing not for gouging out. Her heart is for nurturing her child not for ripping out. She does us no harm but is open to friendly cuddle. We mass murder her for taste. Why not choose Life instead?
I’m not planning to buy anything here. I buy all my hamburgers at Food and Stuff, a place equidistant from my home and work.