SeaWorld’s Killer Wake Up Call

The Heartbreaking Events:

We live in a world that thirsts for entertainment at the harmful expense of others including our animals and land. If we can conquer that ignorant disorder, perhaps then we’d have a shot at healing our planet and people. Part of the beast includes a corporate system that will never approve of a mindset that encourages consumers to protect themselves and the earth because of insatiable greed. But if we don’t wake up and choose a healthful life then aren’t we courting death…and a horrific one at that?

…SeaWorld’s carefully prepared statements that they put out saying they’ll never separate moms from calves unless it’s medical, that’s b#!$%. I can give you so many examples that that’s not true. And not just my opinion that it’s not true — it’s not true. I was there for those, and I know the exact reasons we moved those whales, and it was because we had a need in another park for that particular animal, whether it was a juvenile male or a juvenile female, or a female that knew all of the water work behaviors, or a dominant female, or whatever. – John Hargrove, a former killer whale trainer for 14 years, quoted on

The documentary Blackfish exposes a treacherous reality that should call us to think about why we pay corporations for toxic relationships. In the case of SeaWorld, photo_08theirs is one that wants us to believe that their money-making machine is good for marine life. Vocal marine biology experts; former SeaWorld trainers and employees; and anyone opposed to keeping orca whales in captivity would call it is a monster — a place where whales, trainers, and the public are being cunningly exploited and where lethal consequences and preventable injuries have undeniably been occurring. And worse, the lavishly packaged animal cruelty, because we’re supposed to be awed and inspired by their orca whale shows, is the grand revenue generator.

Also, research indicates that this high mortality risk job pays an average of less than $50,ooo. per year. SeaWorld was fined $75,000 by the OSHA, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for a “willful” safety violation following the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

Whether or not you believe the documentary, the value of Blackfish and the win for everyone is to begin to ask more important questions. The director/writer of the award winning film, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, was not an animal rights activist when she began the process. She simply wanted to find out why an orca killed its trainer (three individuals in total died). It was a great question that launched an insightful exploration through layers of devastating, educational, and emotionally explosive discovery. The controversial Blackfish is available on DVD.



About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at Direct Contact:
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4 Responses to SeaWorld’s Killer Wake Up Call

  1. Elisa Miller says:

    I just saw Blackfish on Netflix and I was horrified. I will never go to Sea World again. Thank you for helping to get more awareness out.

  2. Lola says:

    Wow, I must see this documentary.

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